Veteran Reflections
Body of War
Review by Ross Anthony

This documentary by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro is both a very personal look into life after war of paralyzed vet Tomas Young and a reflection on those elected officials that elected to go to war with a country that had not attacked, nor had intentions of attacking the USA. But, it is mostly the former, accented by the later. (I couldn't help be reminded of the film "Born on the Fourth of July" with Tom Cruise.)

Tom Young was moved by the events of 9/11. He wanted to fight those who attacked the United States. He voluntarily joined the army expecting to be sent to Afghanistan, instead was sent to Iraq. But that's just the pre-story, the majority of this doc is Tom's life after war. With ample time to think it over, Tom decides to dedicate himself to protesting the war he voluntarily signed up for.

The doc gets up-close and personal. It shows one injured man's reality after war, the side most people much prefer to skirt under the couch. Donahue and Spiro name the leaders most citizens of the USA simply trusted to make good decisions. Senator Byrd is highlighted as one of the more passionate of those 25% opposed.

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  • Body of War. Copyright © 2008.
  • Directed by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro. Starring Tomas Young and his family.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)


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