Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Heavy Metal in Baghdad

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Heavy Metal in Baghdad - 4 out of 5

An interesting documentary that shows the hardships of the war in Iraq from the everyday man's perspective...but from a different angle. The movie is about the only heavy metal band in Baghdad.

Getting to see the war from this side makes for an interesting film and the fact it's about a metal band trying to exist where metal is still constituted "the devil's music" and the very act of head banging can be punishable by imprisonment really amps up the interest factor. The only real downside to the film is the filmmaker who narrates the action on screen (Suroosh Alvi, he made it alongside Eddy Moretti). Suroosh is clearly a filmmaker and NOT a voice actor because his narration is absolutely terrible. He sounds very emotionless about what he's creating and the plight of the Iraqi metal band; Acrassicauda. You would think he would have sounded a little excited about what he was doing because he and his partner made the choice to follow the events of Acrassicauda but he sounds more like he was forced to film this documentary. However, the subject of the documentary is interesting enough to ignore Alvi's lackluster narration. Even if you're not a metal fan, Heavy Metal in Baghdad is a great documentary.

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