Dirty War Release Date: 2004 Genre: Thriller | Drama Director(s): Daniel Percival (Smallpox 2002: Silent Weapon) Writer(s): Daniel Percival & Lizzie Mickery (Messiah) Staring: Gavin Abbott, Joanne Adams, Shamshad Akhtar While I don’t want to spend this review going off on my political views, the one thing that always irks me is when people claim […]

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Dirty War
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Thriller | Drama
Director(s): Daniel Percival (Smallpox 2002: Silent Weapon)
Writer(s): Daniel Percival & Lizzie Mickery (Messiah)
Staring: Gavin Abbott, Joanne Adams, Shamshad Akhtar

While I don’t want to spend this review going off on my political views, the one thing that always irks me is when people claim that America’s current administration has made the United States safer in the wake of 9/11. In all reality, it hasn’t. Sure, it’s going to be harder to hijack a plane these days, but what people forget is that security prevents very little without good government intelligence and, God forbid, post-attack preparation, to back it up.

This is the subject of HBO’s Dirty War. Just instead of focusing on the failures of America to prepare for the aftermath of an attack, this one is about the Brits. The movie opens up with a civil defense drill that, while appearing successful, is merely a publicity stunt. It’s supposed to represent the government’s lack of preparedness in reacting to a terrorist threat of a biological sort, but the drill is set for “ideal conditions.” Even then there are failures all over the place. No one listens to the naysayers though. As the government puts on a façade about their readiness, a group of very normal looking Muslims plot and execute an attack from their domestic terror cell.

Dirty War is a movie that makes you feel like you’re seeing a real life event unfold before your eyes. The final moments of the film, which take place after the dirty bomb has been detonated, are among the most powerful I’ve seen this year. Like and unlike “24” in many different ways, Dirty War looks at the event through the eyes of several different people. Some are more interesting than others. Regardless, Dirty War is a movie that really should be seen.
DVD: A commentary with director/co-writer Daniel Percival and his co-writer Lizzie Mickery delivers an interesting ride. They have a good grasp on the mechanics of terrorism, and their words added another facet to the film.

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