The Kill Team (2014) - Dan Krauss
While serviving in Afghanistan, 21-year-old Private Adam Winfield witnessed members of his army platoon murder innocent cilivians, planting weapons on the corpses to make it appear as though they were a credible threat. Attempting to alert the military of these heinous crimes with the help of his father, Winfield finds a severe lack of interest by the forces that be. Left on his own due to a lack of response, Winfield finds himself in a hostile situation that slwoly drags him off the moral abyss. Dan Krauss' The Kill Team is a emotionally depressing, psychological study of the mindset of an Infantry solider - men who are essentially trained to kill and how that slowly warps morality. Centered around Private Adam Winfield, The Kill Team is an engrossing, emotionally devastating examination of the darker side of the Army's military stucture, exposing a complete lack of self-checks that exist. This is an upsetting film to watch, presenting fascinating questions about masculinity and how the desire to 'be a man' only aids in the further warping of morality for many men who serve. The Kill Team is well-crafted, establishing itself enough from a cinematography standpoint, as it plays more like a thriller, starting fromt he beginning and leading up to the trail. Dan Krauss' The Kill Team is a film that is sure to make your film crawl, exposing a fundamental flaw in the military that needs to be addressed.
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