THE HORNET’S NEST – A Review by John Strange

By: John ’Doc’ Strange
Directed by: Christian Tureaud, David Salzberg
Cast: Mike Boettcher and Carlos Boettcher
MPAA Rating: R (for language throughout)
Selig Rating: FULL PRICE
Runtime: 97 Min.
The Hornet’s Nest follows two journalists as they are imbedded with troops in Afghanistan.  The footage in the film is the actual footage they shot during their time “in country”.  The two journalists, Mike Boettcher and Carlos Boettcher, are father and son reporters.  Mike is a veteran of multiple wars and his son Carlos is making his first trip in as a reporter.
The two follow soldiers deep into the Afghanistan back country.  We see a side of the war that hasn’t been shown to many people.  You will see the soldiers interacting with civilians as they work their way deep into the remote regions on the country.  What is supposed to be a one day mission.turned into nine harrowing days of intense combat which cost the lives of several of the soldiers and Marines involved.
The combat footage is tied together by clips of Mike and Carlos talking about their experiences.  This film is a true story.  It is one that everyone in this country needs to see.  It will give you a lot to think about.  I urge everyone to take the time to see it.
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The Selig Rating Scale:
FULL PRICE – Excellent movie, well worth the price
MATINEE – Good movie
DOLLAR – OK movie
CABLE – No need to rush. Save it for a rainy day.
FREEBIE – Good that I saw it on the big screen but wish I hadn't paid for it.
COMMERCIAL TV – Commercials and cutting to the allotted time will not hurt this one.
FORGET IT! – Bad. If you see this one, do yourself a favor and keep it to yourself.
GET YOUR TORCHES – BAD! – Burn the script, the writer, the director and maybe even the actors!
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