Standard Operating Procedure (Errol Morris, 2008)


I believe the main principles involved lacked a little something upstairs if you know what I mean.  I say this with sympathy because its clear, and Morris proves it so, that these MPs were out of their element and seemingly just obeying orders with their wheels (and psychotic in the case of Graner) off behavior.  This is a film about the power of photography and Morris crafts it in such a way that even makes his more excessive sequences (e.g. the rather drawn out bit that lines up the three Sony camera images and timeline) acceptable.  Morris’ “interrogation” technique is fascinating – the long pauses, the appearance of somebody really opening up to him.  My main complaint with the film is Danny Elfman’s score – a silly Batman reprise in my opinion.

*** / *****

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