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No End in Sight

No End in Sight

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Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: July 27, 2007 Released by: Magnolia Pictures

This sobering account of the Iraq crisis seems to have the ultimate similar somber resignation as Michael Moore's Sicko.

Charles Ferguson's documentary No End In Sight quickly dissects the misdirection before the 2003 invasion called "Operation Iraqi Freedom". And, the greater section of it looks at the subsequent malfeasance after President Bush announced "Mission Accomplished."

Obviously, there have been plenty of things written and filmed about what many think is America's nadir in foreign policy. Here, there aren't notable or surprising discoveries or insights. But, from Campbell Scott's smooth voice-over and the talking heads who are or have been close to the front lines (including state and defense department personnel and military figures), much perspective and enlightenment is there for such an unsteady state.

The presentation will be greeted by those ired how Moore cinematically fueled his Fahrenheit 9/11 in a production hardly made slickly enough to pat itself on the fact. The accumulation of facts and information in terms of security and rebuilding and inadmission of administration error confirms an unhappy prognosis related by reporters and Iraqis themselves. The cumulative result carries a wallop without being partisan (quite similar again to Sicko).

Maybe less known names like D.C. senior official Walter Slocomb give clarity to the debacle which involves L. Paul Bremer, the new head of the Coalition Authority. It's a testimony to what brings meaning to the title of an articulate, intelligent picture which keeps its anger simmering. While realizing the effect of civil chaos and heightened religious divisions as those behind the war policies like Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and Condoleezza Rice declined to comment.

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