Film critic Kurt Loder points out what’s wrong with De Palma’s “Redacted”:

The movie’s implication is that such horrific incidents are not unusual, but that they’re covered up by the military and the craven mainstream media. This is possible, of course. But the contention is unpersuasive in this particular case, since all five of the soldiers involved were arrested and charged, and three have been tried and sentenced to 90, 100 and 110 years in prison — information the movie declines to convey. The alleged ringleader of the group, Pfc. Steven D. Green, was discharged from the Army before the crime was reported by another soldier three months after it happened; Green will be tried in a federal court in Kentucky, and prosecutors are reportedly seeking the death penalty. (Green is a high school dropout with a record of drug and alcohol problems that was disregarded by the Army when he enlisted; he had already been identified as having “homicidal ideations” while serving in Iraq, and he was discharged after 16 months because of an “antisocial personality disorder.” The Army’s alarmingly lax recruiting standards are an important issue, but De Palma — convinced that it’s the unjust war itself that turns young soldiers into monsters, not the problems they bring with them to the battle — doesn’t address it.)