Mired in a career that has often steered toward the mundane and average, he goes back to what he knows best: "Leni" Riefenstahl-style propaganda for the anti-war left.
First, I enter in evidence, "Casualties of War" the 1989 film that portrayed 75-percent of American Vietnam veterans as vile, homicidal rapists.
And now we have "Redacted". DePalma's films fictionalizes a March 2006 incident in Mahmudiyah Iraq in which five US soldiers were charged with raping and killing a local girl, and murdering her family. They tried to disguise it as an insurgent attack.
When he read of the incident, DePlama said, "I knew I had a story."
Predictably he didn't do a film on 9-11, and he couldn't find inspiration in IslamoNazis subhumans who butcher innocent civilians and manacled POWs by sawing of their heads while worshiping a religion that comes from the bowels of hell.
He just coulnd't come up with anything until a crime was committed by an American solider.... now that's a film!
**** Just in: Vets for Freedom and The Daily Standard fire back.****
His parents split up when he was a child.... oooh, that's never happened to anyone. His mother accused his father of infidelity, so De Palma spent several days stalking his dad with recording equipment, hoping to find evidence to confirm his mother's suspicions.
Let me make a professional observation here... one doesn't nneed to be Freud to recognize the twisted psycho-sexual world he must have entered as a child. (Apparently he didn't grown out of it; when he wrote the role of the hooker in Dressed to Kill (1980) specifically with his then wife Nancy Allen in mind.
Well, isn't that nice?
He was able to avoid the seminal event of his teens and early 20s by avoiding serving his country in Vietnam--a hallmark of 99 percent of all film directors of the so-called US "Baby Boom" generation.
So in the late 1960s, while he betters were fighting in the Delta and Hue and Hill 881, DePalma enrolled at the newly-coed Sarah Lawrence University as a theater graduate student, becoming one of the first male students among its female population.
Of "Redacted"... DePalma brags that it is halfway between documentary and fiction, and draws on soldiers' home-made war videos, blogs and journals and footage posted on YouTube, reflecting changes in the way the media cover the war.
Of so he based his movie on YouTube viral videos.... my gawd what a genius, what a director.
DePalma has said, "The camera lies all the time; lies 24 times/ second."
No doubt that applies to "Redacted"... and once more the American fighting man is vilified by far-left Hollywood. And for good measure, the cabal of left coast propagandists have unleased at least six more Anti-military, Anti-Iraq War films in an attempt to undermine this war and savage our young troops.
See my post It ain't true until Hollywood says so..."