“Because I’m not gonna have anybody out there being all emotional and everything — ’cause you’re gonna hurt somebody.”
A platoon of young women undergo basic training at Fort Gordon, Georgia.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this fascinating, disturbing documentary by Nick Broomfield and Joan Churchill “should be shown in all high schools before army recruiters start handing out brochures about computer jobs and expenses-paid Hawaiian vacation.” Indeed, basic training is shown to be such bleak torture that it’s hard to imagine anyone choosing a life in the army after watching this film. The most disturbing sequences show certain “uncooperative” recruits being mercilessly hazed by their superiors — though it’s hard to feel sorry for one woman who fakes incompetence in order to get herself kicked out.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- A no-holds-barred look at the harsh reality of boot camp
- The “mini-lesson” on biting off the heads of chickens
- The female soldiers hanging loose in their barracks together
Yes, for its revealing inside look at bootcamp.