Severe Clear – Movie Review
As part of the first wave in the War on Terror, First Lieutenant Mike Scotti (awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat “V”) served on the front lines during the 21 day advance to Baghdad. His experiences in Afghanistan as well as Iraq put him face to face with the sobering realities of war on a daily basis. Severe Clear offers a look at life on the battlefield through the eyes of someone who was there.
Severe Clear is very hard to review. As a movie, it gets no stars. It has no production values, there’s no plot, and it is sort of amateurish. However, as one man’s walking commentary, sort of home movie on the war in Iraq, it’s priceless. So I don’t know exactly how to review it. I don’t know how you’re going to feel about spending money to go watch this. If someone was giving it to you and saying “what do you think?”, you might be more interested in it. I think the most alarming part is the difference between what we’re being told and what these guys were seeing. It was shocking watching these young, gung-ho, crude, rude, vaguely violent, uneducated, unsophisticated kids wake up to the reality of war, and it’s heartbreaking. This is probably a movie that should be seen, and maybe should be seen in every high school in America, and the Congress should be forced to watch it, but I don’t know if you’re going to enjoy it as a movie. So I don’t know how to give it stars, so I’m just going to give it a question mark. First time in my career. Severe Clear apparently refers to a pilot’s term, which means not a cloud in the sky. So take that for what it’s worth.