Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Vern Reviews the Documentary The Invisible War:

The Invisible War.

Writers: Amy Ziering,Kirby Dick
Director: Kirby Dick.

** and a 1/2 *'s out of four.


I love documentaries that bring to light certain topics that are usually ignored by the general media. Movies like this can help evoke change because it gets people talking and the subject presented here is one that needs to be addressed. The main point of "The Invisible War" wasn't that these woman were raped while serving in the U.S. Army. It was that their stories were completely ignored by the superior officers and in some cases even higher. The sexual torment these women went through is devastating enough and then to hear their foes got promoted while they were denied health insurance. It's enough to make you sick. I urge you all right now to contact your congressmen and demand change in our Military and Army branches because this type of shit needs to stop.


As much as I appreciated the filmmakers for making this movie and making me aware of the betrayal of our sisters and mothers. I wanted there to be more investigations into this atrocity. I wasn't expecting any answers, but it would have been nice to find out the names to some of the foes who were the accused. Now maybe it has something to do with legal issues and that's why their names could not be exposed. But this documentary is from Kirby Dick who once found out the names and phone numbers of secret members of the MPAA("This Film is Not Yet Rated"). You're telling me that giving out the names of potential rapists is more taboo the film censors. It would have been fine if he never actually got names. I just never saw him try. He hired detectives before, and now he can't give out names you could have found easily in a phone book. It sort of pains me to say this, but I wish Michael Moore was a collaborator in this. He would have at least gone to the front offices of where these women served and demand the names of the perps who did this.


Maybe I was just looking for some sort of justice and that wasn't the intent of the film. Kirby Dick, I'm sure wanted his viewers to go out and seek change themselves. It's a good statement and I would be willing to try my best. If I saw that he was doing the same thing, and I didn't see that. This is still a good documentary to see, and I hope it will inspire someone to seek out these criminals and dispatch their own form of revenge. Just to be absolutely clear while we are on the subject. I do not condone any violence against others. Murder is illegal, and you will go to prison. Yet if one of you were willing to go to jail for hurting these rapists. My response would be like the one I heard from Chris Rock during one of his stand up specials. I understand.


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  2. Excellent review! Honestly the only reason I haven't seen this yet is that I'm a wimp. I don't know whether I can take that much outrage in one sitting. :-)

    I think that's a solid point about wanting more investigation. I thought all that stalking and taking names was ridiculous in This Film Is Not Yet Rated, but I can see that it might have been warranted here. On the other hand, infiltrating the military can't be easy, nor should it be. :-)

  3. Oh there was a lot of rage with me when I watched this. I just wished I could have seen one of these rapists get exposed somehow, and bring more to light a problem with this issue. Thanks for the comment

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  5. I'm not gonna lie Jason, I thought this was a particularly powerful documentary. It may not have been fact-based, but the interviews painted the picture clear enough for me. I give it four out of five stars :) Great review though, you summed it up perfectly.

    1. I agree that it's a story that needs to be told and Im glad Kirby Dick did. It's just that I wanted there to be more effort into the actual invetigations. Not Saying that he didn't try. I was just a bit dissatisfied with the results is all.

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  8. Thanks for the heads up on this fantastic documentary. Because of your review, I watched it and wrote my representatives.

    1. Thank you Thank you. I hope this helps get the word out more