Brothers In War

Brothers in War

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Based on the book The Boys of ’67: Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam, National Geographic Channel presents Brothers In War this Wednesday, March 26th.

Narrated by Charlie Sheen, who really broke into the big time with his role in the Vietnam movie Platoon, Brothers In War blends together interviews with surviving members of Charlie Company with remastered archive footage and even home movies to tell the story of one of the last companies to be drafted, trained and deployed together as a unit.

Deployed to the Mekong Delta, this band of brothers suffered an 80% casualty rate (deaths and injuries) during their tour and the stories they have to tell run the gamut from terrific to horrific.

I don't want to sound negative, the documentary was well made and affective, but in my life I have seen so many movies, documentaries and TV shows about the Vietnam War, I have to wonder if there really is another angle to cover. Brothers In War at least gives us a glimpse into the world of an entire unit being brought together and shipped out as one, rather than the more common story of training a large group and then sending them off to individual assignments to fill the boots of fallen soldiers. But that is about all that feels fresh... well, unless you haven't seen a dozen Vietnam War documentaries, I suppose then it would be fascinating.

If you have the interest, and two hours of free time, Brothers In War is worth catching, but if you are well versed or uninterested, you should probably give it a pass.

Review by Jason Pace
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