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The Hornet's Nest

War . Documentary . History . Action

Armed only with their cameras, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning conflict Journalist Mike Boettcher, and his son, Carlos, provide unprecedented access into the longest war in U.S. history.

Actors: Frank Adamski , Kalen M. Waite , Mike Boettcher , Carlos Boettcher , Ed Bankston , Ofren Arrechaga
Directors: David Salzberg , Christian Tureaud
Release: 2014-05-09
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  • Joe Leydon

    Tureaud and Salzberg achieve their potent impact through the straightforward (but clearly admiring) observation of men who band together in battle and, in the film’s emotionally stirring final scenes, mourn their fallen comrades.

    Variety Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    The Afghanistan war documentary The Hornet's Nest is a kinetic, immersive experience, particularly in its deeply felt human moments.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The Hornet's Nest serves as a somewhat effective bonding exercise for father and son. But the best of what it has to offer moves beyond that, and puts us alongside the people fighting a daily battle and, sometimes, heartbreakingly, losing the fight.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Chris Klimek

    An important film despite some baffling presentational choices.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Daniel M. Gold

    The Hornet’s Nest lets its soldiers do most of the talking. The action — the rapid fire of automatic weapons, the crack of a sniper’s shot, the medevac rescues — is vivid.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Andrew Lapin

    The filmmakers don’t bother to dig into the psychology of their subjects, or even get to know them as anything more than symbols.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Tomas Hachard

    It becomes clear pretty quickly that Mike and Carlos Boettcher's insider perspective allows for close to no context beyond what their cameras directly capture.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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