Released Year: 2016
Runtime: 105 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Action
Directors: David Salzberg, Christian Tureaud
Casts: Jordan Alex, James Tyler Brown, Martin Byrne, Jared Colson, Colt Floyd, Eran Harrill, Nathan Kruse, Justin Smith, Raymond Viel, Erik Wolff
IMDB: Citizen Soldier (2016) - IMDB
IMDB Rating: 9.1
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 7.0
Los Angeles Times -
Citizen Soldier makes for an honorable addition to the densely populated modern war film field.
The Hollywood Reporter -
The film will have a hard time attracting attention outside the community of veterans. But that doesn't diminish its ability to put us in the shoes of ordinary men balancing boredom with life-or-death action on a daily basis.
Village Voice -
Paradoxically, this technique both keeps you from getting to know the soldiers better and puts you completely in their boots, understanding directly that (as one character puts it) war is boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror.
Citizen Soldier (2016)
CITIZEN SOLDIER is a dramatic feature film, told from the point of view of a group of Soldiers in the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, known since World War II as the 'Thunderbirds.' Set in one of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan at the height of the surge, it is a heart-pounding, heartfelt grunts' eye-view of the war. A modern day Band of Brothers, Citizen Soldier tells the true story of a group of Soldiers and their life-changing tour of duty in Afghanistan, offering an excruciatingly personal look into modern warfare, brotherhood, and patriotism. Using real footage from multiple cameras, including helmet cams, these Citizen Soldiers give the audience an intimate view into the chaos and horrors of combat and, in the process, display their bravery and valor under the most hellish of conditions.