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The Kill Team

Documentary . War

In 2010, the media branded a platoon of U.S. Army infantry soldiers “The Kill Team” following reports of its killing for sport in Afghanistan. Now, one of the accused must fight the government he defended on the battlefield, while grappling with his own role in the alleged murders. Dan Krauss’s absorbing documentary examines the stories of four men implicated in heinous war crimes in a stark reminder that, in war, innocence may be relative to the insanity around you.

Actors: Emma Winfield , Christopher Winfield , Adam Winfield , Alaina Winfield
Directors: Dan Krauss
Country: USA
Release: 2013-04-26
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  • Gabe Toro

    The Kill Team doesn't saint Winfield at all, instead, smartly casting responsible, impartial questions as to what his options could have been.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Godfrey Cheshire

    Though this is a story of enormous cultural importance and dramatic power, it’s virtually impossible to imagine today’s Hollywood making a movie about it. Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    A harrowing picture of the casualties of war — and the unchecked madness that may drive those entrusted to defend us.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Soberly executed and highly principled documentary filmmaking, tightly focused on the Winfield family’s efforts to navigate the byzantine Army bureaucracy and the ass-covering military justice system. But it’s also a kind of Rorschach test of any viewer’s attitudes about war, the military and the United States’ amorphous 13-year mission in Afghanistan. Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The Kill Team, an essential film no matter what your political convictions. The setting is Afghanistan, but it might be Iraq or Vietnam or anywhere with occupying forces. It might be Gaza. This map of hell is timeless, placeless.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    The Kill Team is expertly edited, at one point overlaying interviews with the men who participated in the war crimes with B-roll of infantrymen milling about, weapons in hand. And it’s all set to a brilliantly spare and evocative soundtrack. It’s a beautiful way to lose faith in humanity.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    The scope of the film can be frustratingly narrow. But even this limited view into the events of the Maywand District murders is gripping cinema.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Christopher Gray

    This is a rare War on Terror military exposé, one almost exclusively interested in the hearts and minds of low-ranking soldiers.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    The Kill Team tells a compelling story, but the 79-minute runtime leaves that story feeling incomplete.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Zachary Wigon

    The emotional disconnect between a soldier's perception of reality and reality itself is the subject of this documentary, which finds drama in evenhanded storytelling that is the inverse of its characters' emotional shakiness.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    The film is weak on its essential indictment, vaguely suggesting a mood of battlefield boredom without quite pinpointing the pathology that would lead military men to squeeze the trigger pell-mell.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    War is hell, in other words, and punishing these soldiers—and Winfield in particular—for doing what they were taught to do is wrong.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Mr. Krauss might have served his material better if he had pulled the curtain back in The Kill Team, if only to explain why a movie that initially seems to be about one thing — as its shocker title suggests — is a partisan portrait of Specialist Winfield and his family.

    The New York Times Full Review
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