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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Graphic war footage including serious wounds.
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Very strong language.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has some strong language and graphic battle footage, including images of dead and wounded bodies and razed buildings that may be very upsetting to some viewers. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In CONTROL ROOM, form and content intersect as she provides an even-handed look at four key characters, letting them speak for themselves. The most vivid and compelling are Marine Lt. Josh Rushing and Sudanese Al-Jazeera correspondent Hassan Ibrahim. Rushing, liaison to the Arab journalists, is everything you would hope for in an American and particularly the representative of America to a skeptical culture. He is always open-minded, curious, sincere, honorable. He is patient, dedicated, and even optimistic, declaring his "absolute confidence in the U.S. Constitution." More compelling than any protestation of journalistic ethics is a producer's fury at being given an "expert" guest who may have been on the "right" side, but was not credible enough to support it. And we see that other concerns transcend both journalism and politics as a cynical, even bitter Al-Jazeera producer says, "If I'm offered a job with FOX I will take it, change the Arab nightmare into the American dream."
Americans watch the news of the war in Iraq on CNN and the broadcast networks and believe we are getting the real story. The Arab world watches news of the war on Al-Jazeera and believe they are getting the real story. This movie watches both and gives us a different real story, or maybe another piece that helps us understand how no attempt or pretense of objectivity can ever escape bias completely. Some scenes have more power now than they did when the movie was made. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announces that "liars will be caught" as the movie shows us a part of the truth Americans were not fully told. And it is impossible not to feel a chill as President Bush says, "I expect our prisoner to be treated humanely just like we treat theirs humanely."
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