Hornetís Nest, The

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +4

Content: -3

War documentary.

FILM SYNOPSIS: The Hornet's Nest follows Mike and Carlos Boettcher's struggle to reconnect, after years of separation. They become the only father and son journalist team to embed with American Troops on the front lines in Afghanistan. These heart pounding missions soon become a fight for survival for Father, Son, the Soldiers, and Marines in the mountains and deserts of Afghanistan in The Hornetís Nest - a ground breaking feature film "which is unlike any other".

 Armed only with their cameras, Peabody and Emmy winning war correspondent, Mike Boettcher, and his son, Carlos, spend over a year covering the most violent era of the Afghanistan war. With cameras rolling, they are side by side with American forces in some of the conflictís toughest battles.† Their story is Lone Survivor meets Blackhawk Down except 100% REAL, as Mike and Carlos discover that the family bond they seek is right in front of them Ė displayed daily in the actions of the Soldiers and Marines who sacrifice everything to save the lives of their brothers.

PREVIEW REVIEW: The Hornetís Nest gives an honest, in-your-face view of military life under fire. While it only hints at why men of valor do what they do, it gives a forthright depiction of what they do. It reminds us of the price being paid in the name of freedom by men (and women) of courage.

The battle scenes are powerful, unnerving and unforgettable. The insights revealed are moving and encouraging. Indeed, it may be the best documentary Iíve seen depicting men under fire.

By now my dispute with Hollywood over the use of objectionable language in nearly every film should be quite clear. Interestingly, it didnít bother me so much here. Itís no secret that soldiers are known for rough language. In The Hornetís Nest, the f-bomb is used incessantly as a way of expressing any emotion from exhilaration to frustration to fear. That said, I caught no misuse of Godís name in the production. So, if you can excuse the ever-present f-word, this film offers an important look at the sacrifices being made by men for their country and each other.

Also recommended: Act of Valor: Powerful, gut-wrenching, and mesmerizing, Act of Valor will surely stand alongside films such as Patton, The Longest Day and Saving Private Ryan as a great depiction of men at war. Read the complete review of Act of Valor.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
High Rode Entertainment

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: The speech is peppered with the f-word throughout; that said, I caught very few examples of obscenity.

Profanity: I caught no misuse of Godís name.

Violence: Though comfortably and safely ensconced in theater chairs, we are as near the action as a film camera can bring us; we see some soldiers who will be dead by filmís end.

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 97 minutes
Intended Audience: Mature viewers

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