Stars: *** 1/2
Rating: Not rated but could be PG-13 for mature themes and language
Run Time: 1 hour, 42 minutes
Not a single one of the incessant stream of Iraq war documentaries enrages like “No End in Sight”, a blistering, on-point expose of the movers and shakers who paved our way into a senseless conflict.
Charles Ferguson – technology millionaire turned filmmaker – doesn’t waste time dwelling on the humanity or violence of the current situation but focuses on the unfathomable decision-making that determined a path to political chaos.
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Donald Rumsfeld – resplendent in newsy sound-bites – looks every bit the fool as does the film’s titular goat: presidential envoy / insurgent-meister Paul Bremer who took over the job of restructuring and stabilizing an unsteady nation and proceeded to dismantle the Iraqi military with calculated care, forcing the entire country into incendiary turmoil.
Most disheartening is that diplomatic and military experts are shown to be summarily replaced by clueless political pundits whose arrogance in the face of dread and uncertainty is nauseating at best and horrific at worst.
Campbell Scott’s steely narration serves to intensify the doc’s harrowing content. Sobering and stunning, and essential viewing for all.