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Movie Review: The Fog of War

Alternate Title: Old Soldier's Never Die - They Just Change Their Stories.

Story: Director Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, A Brief History of Time and Dr. Death) tackles an interview with the much hated (by some), much revered (by others), ex Secretary of Defense, under JFK and LBJ, Robert S. McNamara. (The S stands for Strange - no kidding.) Through one on one interviews we get a glimpse into the mind and revisited memory of this man who lived through and was directly involved in some of last century's most turbulent times (W.W.II, Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War).

The film is divided into eleven chapters named after things that McNamara says he has learned through living his 85 years of life.

It is a fascinating, enthralling, thought provoking film and makes for great conversation as you leave the theater. I am not sure someone who did not live through the Vietnam War will fully get this film. There are many references that remain unexplained and there is also some new information. The given is that the viewer knows what he McNamara is talking about.

I remember those days vividly -- and am somewhat cynical about what is revealed in this film.

Acting: Does not apply to a documentary.

Predilection: I like documentaries.

Visual Art: There are some interesting graphic visuals.

Blatant Product Placement: Even though it is a domumentary and should not count - I must mention Agent Orange and Ford Motor Company.

Soundtrack: Music is by Philip Glass - I found this choice most appropriate.

Opening Titles: Simple.

Theater Audience: A handful of other politicos and us.

Predictability Level: I had no idea what this man was going to say.

Oscar Worthy: I think it could get a nomination in the Best Documentary category.

Nit Picking: No nits to pick.

Big Screen or Rental: Either. For some other films that feature the Vietnam War as a theme try: Apocalypse Now, Behind Enemy Lines, Birdy, Born on the Fourth of July, The Boys in Company C and Coming Home.

Length: 100 minutes.