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Danger Close

Danger Close

May. 26, 2017 USA90 Min.
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Freelance female war reporter Alex Quade covers U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) on highly classified combat missions. Since 2001, she has embedded with elite SOF, including the U.S. Army Special Forces or Green Berets, Army Rangers, Navy Seals, and CIA clandestine operatives to tell their stories from the front lines. “Danger Close” follows Alex as she lives alongside these highly trained forces on some of the most daring missions ever documented in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Danger Close
Original titleDanger Close
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  • David Ferguson ([email protected])April 28, 2017Reply

    Combat Outpost Pirelli

    Greetings again from the darkness. This is the third in a series of
    unparalleled looks at war from the front line courtesy of co-directors
    Christian Tureaud and David Salzberg. Their 2014 documentary The
    Hornet’s Nest followed war correspondent Mike Boettcher and his son as
    they covered the most violent era of the Afghanistan War, and 2015’s
    Citizen Soldier went inner circle with the Army National Guard’s 45th
    Infantry Combat team in Afghanistan. This time the focus is on the work
    of war correspondent Alex Quade, a female reporter (yes, her gender is
    worth noting) who documented missions carried out by Special Forces
    teams.

    Ms. Quade’s interviews with Wendy R Anderson provide structure to the
    film and a chance for viewers to catch their breath in between combat
    videos. The interviews allow us to get a better feel for Ms. Quade’s
    personality and motivation. She states that after being around soldiers
    in such stressful and life-threatening times, she believes ”I have to
    tell their stories”. These are stories we aren’t usually privy to on
    network news reports. These situations go beyond dangerous and require
    courage most of us can’t imagine.

    There is some incredible early footage, much shot with night vision,
    which chronicles a large scale air assault ending in tragedy. The
    helicopters are being fired upon from ground-based weapons, and one is
    shot down. We then see how fast the rescue and recovery mission is
    implemented and how there is no hesitation in going in.

    Ms. Quade makes this the personal story for one soldier – Rob Pirelli.
    She interviews his fellow soldiers, and even visits with Rob’s parents
    at their home. The film begins in 2007 and goes into 2008 where she
    tracks the progress of Combat Outpost Pirelli – a home for a Special
    Forces team.

    This is outstanding and eye-opening journalism, and forces viewers to
    confront the atrocities and always present danger of war. There are
    times during the interviews where Alex Quade comes off a bit arrogant,
    but we are reminded of a quote that at times has been attributed to
    Muhammad Ali, Bear Bryant, and Dizzy Dean … ”It ain’t bragging if …”
    Ms. Quade deserves much respect for her tenacity and bravery for doing
    what’s necessary to tell these stories.

  • davids-46May 3, 2017Reply

    Review – Robert M. Gates, U.S. Secretary of Defense

    ”’Danger Close’ is a gripping story of courage, loss and love as we
    witness first-hand graphic portrayals of combat operations and a
    dedicated journalist’s determination to bring closure to the family of
    a soldier killed in action. The courage of the troops in action — and
    of the embedded journalist — is evident, as is the deep sense of loss
    over an admired comrade. The story is a needed reminder of the many
    sacrifices of our men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the brave
    journalists who accompanied them into battle.”

    Robert M. Gates, U.S. Secretary of Defense (2006 – 2011)

  • Isaac LandryMay 22, 2017Reply

    Highly Charged Documentary- Danger Close

    Danger Close, directed by David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud, is a
    military documentary film that captures the sense of courage and
    brotherhood that Special Operation Forces share while deployed on the
    front lines. This film follows Alex Quade, a highly decorated freelance
    reporter and documentary filmmaker, as she becomes embedded with
    Special Forces units and Conventional Forces in order to capture the
    inspiring story of Staff Sgt. Robert Pirelli and the legacy that he
    left behind. Robert Pirelli, a combat engineer, built combat outpost
    Pirelli located in Iraq, however, later lost his life in a firefight
    against Al Qaeda insurgents during a combat mission. As a result, Alex
    Quade vowed to tell his inspiring story in order to bring closure for
    the Pirelli family and highlight the legacy that he left behind. Shot
    in a point & shoot style, this film grants unprecedented access to the
    life that Special Forces soldiers live and the day to day challenges
    that they must overcome while on the battle field. The film lasts 90
    minutes, however, the raw and heart-warming emotions that you’ll feel
    will last long after you’ve watched this authentic and visceral film.

  • Christopher OrtezoMay 23, 2017Reply

    No Tripod Required

    Danger Close spends its eighty-six-minute run time analyzing
    perspective and scope. The raw- footage shot by Alex Quade – at times
    visceral and at others tender – speaks to the audience in a language
    that transcends hiccups or misunderstandings. The camera-work in this
    landmark documentary delivers on something all films attempt, but few
    master: pure communication, of tension, of situation and of these
    characters’ humanity. The setting of the Iraq/Iran border strips away
    the luxury of tripods and meticulously planned angles, instead focusing
    on what every journalistic endeavor should do: putting the audience
    right next to the reporter through content. Danger Close’s prominent
    subject, namely fallen Green Beret Robert Pirelli, also effervesces on-
    screen as an inspiration. Scenes surrounding Pirelli’s family and the
    impact his life and passing have upon them serve to flesh out a story
    too often cut short by traditional media sources. Veterans, fallen or
    alive, have a continuous effect upon the lives they touch. These
    polarizing scenes cohere brilliantly, and flesh out both Gold Star
    families and their loved one(s) who paid their sacrifice in a way few
    documentaries about this subject matter do. I would highly recommend
    Danger Close to anyone looking for insight, an alternate perspective on
    this topic or fans of innovative film design.

  • Monica SummerMay 23, 2017Reply

    An Exceptional Documentary

    As a huge film buff, I was incredibly excited to watch Danger Close. I
    love documentaries of all types, and this one was no exception. The
    film follows war reporter Alex Quade as she fulfills her task of
    finding the Iraqi combat outpost that Sargent Rob Pirelli built, and
    sending footage of it back to his family. Although Pirelli is no longer
    with us, watching his fellow soldiers and loved ones relive their
    favorite parts of him made me feel as if I was Rob’s friend too. The
    respect and pride that radiate from everyone when speaking of him show
    how important he was to both his squadron and the Armed Forces. Not
    only was the story beautiful and engaging, the footage was equally as
    stunning. Quade shoots all of her own footage with only a camcorder to
    her name, yet this lack of equipment makes the experience of watching
    the film more authentic and familiar. She shows us a soft moment as a
    soldier kisses a stray dog, and the audience is reminded of the
    humanity that exists in even the most dangerous of situations.
    Everything about this documentary is breath- taking, and I truly
    believe that everyone can find something to love about it.

  • jsscmrgndvsMay 24, 2017Reply

    Deep and Evocative Perspective into Life on the Front Lines

    It is ironic that in a movie peppered with the crackle of the gunfire,
    the whirring of helicopter blades and the guttural shouts of men, the
    overall impression once the film fades away, is silence. There is a
    stillness, after the fighting fades and the dust has settled; there is
    a void where noise has once been, and it is in this void that Danger
    Close capitalizes on the true depth of Alex Quade’s story. With
    piquancy and sharpness, directors David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud
    weave together Quade’s journey using raw uncensored footage from the
    field radically juxtaposed with meditative explorations into the
    repercussions of life and loss. This film not only manages to capture a
    soldier’s experience but a human one, it explores the stubbornness and
    vitality of the human spirit in even the most bleak and derelict of
    places. Showcased in this film is a woman’s resilience and dedication,
    and our inherent ability to survive and thrive in times of peril.

  • janepeterseMay 24, 2017Reply

    Danger Close Summary

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • Justin AndersonMay 24, 2017Reply

    Powerful military documentary

    Danger Close is the exciting, new addition to directors David Salzberg
    and Christian Tureaud’s Heroes of Valor Collection. In the documentary,
    they join forces with award-winning, military journalist Alex Quade to
    present an uncensored look at her journey across Iraq to return to
    Combat Outpost Pirelli. Quade shows amazing perseverance and bravery,
    jumping from unit to unit to reach her destination and uphold her
    promise to fallen soldier Rob Pirelli’s family to make sure his legacy
    is preserved. Edited from hours of Quade’s own point-and-shoot footage,
    Danger Close shows real special forces units on combat missions in
    Iraq. The raw footage combined with interviews with Pirelli’s family,
    former team members and Quade herself paints a more humane image of
    military life than is common in film. Standout editing allows the
    filmmakers to pull this off. The mission footage, which even includes
    cell phone footage taken by the Taliban, can be heart-pounding and
    nerve-racking at times while the interviews offer more empathetic and
    sentimental moments. Taken together, Danger Close becomes an honest and
    moving picture of what honor, legacy and sacrifice really looks like.
    Quade’s footage is impressive, the story is touching and it all works
    to make a unique experience. I recommend Danger Close to fans of the
    directors’ previous documentaries, The Hornet’s Nest and Citizen
    Soldier, or military documentaries in general as well as anyone
    interested in a film that digs deep into the human experience.

  • mabarry-69560May 25, 2017Reply

    Moving Film in Honor of our Heroes

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • Mandy FordMay 25, 2017Reply

    Raw footage of bravery, sacrifice, family, and brotherhood

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • Costas MakriyannisMay 26, 2017Reply

    A Must Watch

    Watching Danger Close, I would say, is a necessity for anyone
    interested in the documentary genre. Danger Close is unlike any
    documentary that I’ve ever seen in how it is able to capture a
    soberingly and characteristically unconventional portrayal of war.
    While most documentaries on the subject of war attempt to capture
    bloodshed, horror, or grotesque imagery in attempts to seduce an
    unwitting audience into theaters or unapologetically voice personal
    political opinions; Danger Close does neither. Danger Close strays away
    from images of bloodshed to present images of brotherhood. This
    documentary is undoubtedly one of the few based on the soldiers
    themselves rather than the fight the soldiers are in. This film gives
    an inside look at what the real lives of soldiers are like as well as
    the unfortunate real consequences of war on families and soldiers
    alike. Danger Close’s film style is also extremely influential in how
    it presents itself to its audience. This film follows award-winning war
    reporter, Alex Quade, as she travels through Iraq, experiencing life
    among special forces unit soldiers and follows the aftermath of a
    family, The Pirelli’s, after their son Staff Sgt. Robert Pirelli is
    killed in action in Iraq. I’d recommend Danger Close to anyone hoping
    to get a glimpse at what war is really like in the real world rather
    than what war is like on a television screen.

  • David TrotterMay 26, 2017Reply

    Inspiring story of Rob Pirelli and Alex Quade

    Danger Close is a poignant military documentary from award-winning
    directors David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud. The duo is well-known
    for their previous military documentaries Citizen Soldier and The
    Hornet’s Nest as part of the Heroes of Valor Collection. The experience
    of the directors is apparent in this film – the documentary is
    heartwarming, inspirational, and thrilling, all while telling the true
    story of a soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country.
    After Green Beret Robert Pirelli is killed in action in a firefight in
    Iraq, his family asks female war reporter Alex Quade to visit the
    combat outpost that Pirelli built to see if his legacy still stands.
    Quade was the only journalist who had this kind of unprecedented access
    to the military in Iraq, and this unique position provided the
    filmmakers with loads of great footage from the field and allowed for
    an engaging, firsthand perspective of the trials and tribulations that
    our soldiers face every day. One moment from the movie in particular
    left a strong impression on me; Quade witnesses and captures on video
    when a helicopter flying next to her – a helicopter she was originally
    meant to be riding in – is shot down by Al Qaeda forces. There are many
    of these hair-raising moments, but moments of touching emotional
    sincerity are present as well. Quade interviews soldiers who knew
    Pirelli and hears the story of how he diligently built the base they
    called home. Even more moving are the scenes of the Pirelli family
    reminiscing about Rob. If you want a documentary that showcases the
    courage and sacrifices our troops and their families in an interesting,
    original way, Danger Close is the film to watch.

  • Elisabeth JamesMay 27, 2017Reply

    Riveting Documentary about a Reporters Journey through a war zone.

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

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