Shadow Company
Shadow Company (2007)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 28, 2008
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly

[A] fascinating, evenhanded documentary.

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

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.

Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Peter Debruge
Variety

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.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Should be seen by anyone who still romanticizes war, the troops, or the stated motives behind any sort of military conflict.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Though it offers interesting stories, Shadow Company does feel a little scattered.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

There isn't as much exposť as you might expect in Shadow Company, but there's considerably more thoughtfulness.

Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

Contrary to the popular image of the gung-ho cowboy contractors, they can and do take into account ethical frameworks.

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Walter M.
"Shadow Company" is an eye-opening documentary about the history and current state of military contractors(or mercenaries, if you like) with a special… More