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Filmmakers Jason Bourque and Nick Bicanic explore the trend of private militaries around the world in this documentary examining the increasingly blurred distinction between soldier and mercenary. In a time when powerful multinational corporations are contracting private mercenaries to fight wars, the risks of allowing profit-motivated conglomerates to outsource war are chilling. Who do these private armies answer to, and what are the motivations of their financers? The private military draws in over $100 billion in annual revenues, and despite the fact that there are over 70,000… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"Shadow Company provides a pretty thorough examination of the unknown soldiers doing a lot of the heavy lifting there, outside the conventional rules of warfare."
‑ Maureen M. Hart, Chicago Tribune
"[A] fascinating, evenhanded documentary."
‑ Paul Malcolm, L.A. Weekly
"This documentary touching on both the historical evolution and contemporary phenomenon of mercenaries feels uncomfortably like a promotional campaign for private security firms, as they're more euphemistically termed."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"Beneficiado por entrevistados com vasta experiência em uma indústria pouco conhecida do público em geral, o documentário traça um retrato alarmante e informativo sobre a atividade de mercenários no Iraque e em outras regiões do planeta."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Drawing a line between official and unofficial forces is irrelevant since both are paid with our taxes, Shadow Company throws light on that bottom line in the war on terror."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Shadow Company is a lesson in how to get audiences who know little and care even less about the Iraq War to sit up and pay attention."
‑ Peter Debruge, Variety
"Should be seen by anyone who still romanticizes war, the troops, or the stated motives behind any sort of military conflict."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"A fascinating documentary, shining some needed light on the individuals who are called upon more and more to take fill in the gaps left by a diminished standing military."
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
"Though it offers interesting stories, Shadow Company does feel a little scattered."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"There isn't as much exposé as you might expect in Shadow Company, but there's considerably more thoughtfulness."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"Contrary to the popular image of the gung-ho cowboy contractors, they can and do take into account ethical frameworks."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
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