HopeTracker| “The Good Soldier”, with its focus on that act of killing, and the dopamine high resulting acknowledged by the four men interviewed as military killers, is one of the most sensitive, thought-provoking features I’ve ever seen about war.
Each of the men is open, honest, tortured, yet measured in his response to being a veteran of Vietnam or Iraq. The faces they have killed appears for decades and most say they left their soul on the battlefield.
In several instances, the reflections are told with revealing and bloody film footage. Admissions of unprovoked killing are heard.
While Conservatives may hate the film, it asks much-needed questions about our involvement in global conflicts but moreso, it allows men to be honest about the lives of soldiers.
With all women’s talk of the problems of life stress generally, I can’t help thinking of the military men and women, whose lives have been turned inside/out the past eight years. The rest of us are pansies and really should suck it up.
Meanwhile, the issues of war are complex, and it’s a rare time when the subject exists as more than a patriotic loyalty test for Americans. On the subject of war, you’re either with us or against us. Questions and thoughtful discussions aren’t invited.
Staying on point, let me highly recommend “The Good Soldier” because it is a calm film tackling a difficult subject. Moyers turns over his hour to the documentary. Men, who rarely open up about feelings, express many. I was glued to their every word. Anne
Bill Moyers Journal|Preview: The Good Soldier|PBS