Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

The Kill Team: Afghan atrocity doc shines with urgent intimacy

3 out of 4 stars

Title
The Kill Team
Directed by
Dan Krauss
Country
USA
Language
English

The mesmerizing documentary about a group of U.S. soldiers killing Afghan citizens for kicks, circa 2010, has the kind of urgent intimacy that characterizes the best such non-fiction films. As it opens, Kill Team member Adam Winfield faces the prospect of a long sentence on charges including premeditated murder for his role in the atrocities. Yet he had tried to do the right thing, telling his ex-marine father what was going on and pleading with him to get someone to pay attention. The question that drives the movie is whether Mr. Winfield deserves the crushing sentence or judicial mercy. The film spends a lot of time in the Winfield camp. It also has battlefield footage from the cellphones of team members and extremely horrific talking-head material. It is all very compelling, though some of the fly-on-the-wall stuff with Winfield's parents is so polished it seems like it was shot for a feature film. Regardless, this is still an astonishing, must-see film about the dangers of the fog of war.

At VIFF: Oct. 8, 12:15 p.m., The Cinematheque

Report an error Licensing Options
About the Author
B.C. reporter

Ian Bailey is a Vancouver-based reporter for The Globe and Mail.  He covers politics and general news. Prior to arriving at The Globe and Mail, he reported from Toronto and St. John’s for The Canadian Press.  He has also covered British Columbia for CP, The National Post and The Province. More

Comments

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨