Body of War

2008, Military and War  -   10 Comments
Ratings: 6.22/10from 9 users.

Body of WarBody of War is an intimate and transformational feature documentary about the true face of war today. Meet Tomas Young, 25 years old, paralyzed from a bullet to his spine - wounded after serving in Iraq for less than a week.

Body of War is Tomas' coming home story as he evolves into a new person, coming to terms with his disability and finding his own unique and passionate voice against the war. The film is produced and directed by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro, and features two original songs by Eddie Vedder. Body of War is a naked and honest portrayal of what it's like inside the body, heart and soul of this extraordinary and heroic young man.

Body of War unfolds on two parallel tracks. On the one hand, we see Tomas evolving into a powerful voice against the war as he struggles to deal with the complexities of a paralyzed body. And on the other, we see the historic debate unfolding in the Congress about going to war in Iraq.

The film opens as Tomas and his fiancé Brie prepare for their wedding. However, because of his disability, we see how the simple everyday activities for Tomas are involved and challenging. War is personal and the film takes us into the skin and bones of what it means to have no control over basic bodily functions. In many remarkable scenes, we directly experience how vulnerable and open Tomas is as he interacts with his wife, family, and friends.

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10 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Toneechestnut

    An excellent film told through the eyes of a sensitive , proud patriotic young man who thought he was defending his country from the 9/11 attackers.
    How does one answer the violence of terrorists? In England we had to come to political deals with the IRA , it's never easy but declaring war is rarely the answer.

  2. Guest

    Yes, "knowingly & Willingly". But there are quite a few reasons to beleive that the USA is a "Democratic Mirror" of what it once feared most: -"The true communists". From abroad, this is no news. I mean it's no news that the USA Gov. are a bunch of liars? Anyone needs a list of ordeal the USA caused all over the world since the ~ 1950? The list is looong!
    They don't execute "Non patriots" in the Lenine style non, only destroy their carreer, put them out of job, reduce them to non-existancial condition.
    Sort of walking zombies.

    It gets me to wonder, how come these guys who enroll never heard of the previous USA goofs like the Irangate, Reagan's & CIA drug deals, the USA murders abroad, Kissinger war crimes and so forth?

    Could well be that whatever they call "Democracy" is rather pseudo democracy in facts?
    For the least, there ain't no free speach over there, anymore.
    Same for the freedom act.
    Speaking of all war crimes they committed these past 40 years, they sure win the all time medal of dishonor to humankind.
    If anyone over there can make it as a human being.

    Just imagine waking up and realising you're part of the gang!
    Worst hell to walk throught.


  3. USMC

    Just sat here and watched this hour and a half movie, about a guy who was paralyzed. After he volunteered to go to the Army, because his impairment and after having friends die wanted the USA to withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan. Why? I questioned myself "Why would he fight against something he knowingly joined?" He volunteered I must emphasize cause being a Marine myself when you enlist you know the chances of seeing battle time.

    I'm not trying to down him but don't go and blame someone else for your decisions. You signed the 8 year contract no one forced you. I give him props for going and serving. But kinda made me mad when he tried to pass the buck. Yes we shouldn't of went but decisions were made that the citizens of the United States has no control over, or as a soldier has no control over.

    But when you enlist you do your job at no regard for yourself. I've been deployed once to Afghanistan and once to Iraq I wake up with sh*t I shouldn't but I made my bed and am lying in it. For those that haven't served and who want to bad mouth us that have may you live a long strenuous life. For the brothers in the Armed Forces SEMPER FI!!!!

    1. Ronald Justice

      how long do we pay for our bad decision. some times we pay for the rest of our lifes

  4. Teresa

    This is the WORST and BEST Documentary I've ever Watched. God Help us All, May WE - Help - Us ALL.

  5. Tommy

    wow, stuff i see on the net doesn't usually affect me, but this really did

  6. abdelhak

    i have just watched dream land:occupation i am stiil confused about the american soldiers they have no morals,no education,just killers brought from the streets of misrey, bugged with poisoned media bout how good they are...., i have not seen any good.they should learn about who rule the world, and why they were brought to ''the iraq butchery'' i used to see them as real gentelman, who fought for the worlds' freedom.

  7. aycee3

    enough of the wars, bring the troops back

    1. Ronald Justice

      here here all the troops Germany and japan as well

  8. No More

    Sad. No more wars!