Occupation: Dreamland
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In early 2004, filmmakers Ian Olds and Garrett Scott traveled to the Iraqi city of Fallujah and spent several months with the men of the United States Army's 82nd Airborne Division as they patrolled the community and attempted to ferret out supporters of the nation's previous regime. As the weeks wore on, Olds and Scott found that a number of the soldiers whom they were "embedded" with were having serious doubts about their mission; while many were still firmly committed to the U.S. military effort, others began wondering out loud what purpose their presence served and if… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The occupation may have settled into grim, bloody drudgery. But if we're going to learn anything about the place and our involvement there, films about it can't join suit."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Without resorting to the steroid-pumped aggro flash of Gunner Palace, Occupation: Dreamland reinforces the impression that the American rodeo in Iraq was always a murderously pointless self-security op."
‑ Jessica Winter, L.A. Weekly
"Aside from the year it was made, there's nothing that Dreamland adds to a very, very full genre"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"It's frustrating to see these filmmakers continually lobbing softball questions at their subjects."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Regardless of your views on the war, this documentary will create stirring portraits that you'll long remember."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"It offers a look at the kind of Americans not often put on movie screens."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"I think Gunner Palace was in some sense a fairer film."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"More sympathetic and interesting than the stars of Gunner Palace, these fellas are both a microcosm of society and individuals in their own right."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"If you saw Gunner Palace, there's not much fresh or insightful here."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"The thoughts and experiences captured in this film reveal much that we haven't seen in all the action-oriented news footage and short-term embedded correspondence from the war."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"A compelling mosaic of voices, some discouraged, some enthusiastic, all aware that there's a job to be done and that they must do it to the best of their abilities."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"A grunt's-eye view of the current conflict that needs to be seen, regardless of a viewer's political persuasion."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Could be the poster film for the protest-the-war, support-the-troops mentality."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Lets the soldiers speak for themselves in a series of interviews that reveal wildly divergent political stands, although pretty much all the soldiers voice doubts about why, exactly, they are there."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"The enlisted men speak frankly of their feelings about the job that they signed on to do and carry out their missions even though they don't have the big picture information."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
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