Review: Dirty Wars

Richard Rowley’s documentary investigates alleged atrocities by America’s special forces

Jeremy Scahill in 'Dirty Wars'

Dirty Wars should be more shocking than it is. Richard Rowley’s documentary zones in on the alleged rogue atrocities of America’s paramilitary special force JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command), accused of slaying innocent kids and families, from Afghanistan to Somalia, when not taking applause for killing Osama bin Laden. We should be shocked. But the camera is too busy making a hero of reporter-presenter Jeremy Scahill. He hogs the caring/distressed/disturbed reaction shots until we want to say: “Hey, is this a lid-lifting essay on Uncle Sam or an ego-tripping Actors Studio exercise in how to project compassion?”

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