Trailer for 'Combat Obscura' Doc Telling the Truth About the Marines

February 19, 2019
Source: YouTube

Combat Obscura Trailer

"That's the wrong building!" Whoa. This looks intense. Oscilloscope Labs has debuted an official trailer for a documentary titled Combat Obscura, described as "the very documentary the Corps does not want you to see." Made and filmed by a former Marine, Combat Obscura tells the truth about serving in the military. Miles Lagoze served in Afghanistan as a Combat Camera, shooting footage and editing videos for Marine Corps recruiting purposes. He brought home all the footage and assembled this doc, showing us everything they would normally keep secret or delete. "More than a mere compilation of violence, the edit ingeniously repurposes the original footage to reveal the intensity and paradoxes of war in an age of ubiquitous cameras, when all soldiers can record themselves with helmet-cams and cellphones." Holy hell, strap in good for this.

Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Miles Lagoze's doc Combat Obscura, direct from YouTube:

Combat Obscura Poster

Just out of high school, at the age of 18, Miles Lagoze enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was deployed to Afghanistan where he served as Combat Camera — his unit's official videographer, tasked with shooting and editing footage for the Corps' recruiting purposes and historical initiatives. But upon discharging, Lagoze took all the footage he and his fellow cameramen shot, and he assembled quite simply the very documentary the Corps does not want you to see. Combat Oscura is a groundbreaking look at the daily life of Marines in a war zone as told by the soldiers themselves. More than a mere compilation of violence, the edit ingeniously repurposes the original footage to reveal the intensity and paradoxes of an ambiguous war from an unvarnished perspective. Combat Obscura is directed by American filmmaker Miles Lagoze, making his directional debut. This premiered at the True/False Film Festival last year. Oscilloscope will release Lagoze's Combat Obscura in select theaters + on VOD starting March 15th coming up. Interested?

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Can't get much more than raw than that without actually being there...

THE_RAW_ on Feb 19, 2019


Cinema verite on its own in a weird way. Still, it looks like glorifying the war ...

shiboleth on Feb 19, 2019


So what is it exactly the the Marine Corps. doesn't want us to see? I saw nothing here controversial or even cutting edge. It just looked like a home movie by not very talented people and had no point of view or even a theme or rhyme or reason to exist. I found it uninteresting. I was a Drill Sgt. in the Army during the Viet Nam debacle and even wrote a script about it and almost got Sean Penn for the lead. It was much more truthful, authentic and engaging in the mendacity of the military than what I saw in this trailer. Better to watch Platoon again or Kubrick's satirical take on it all in Full Metal Jacket. Platoon was the real deal and by far the best film about war and Viet Nam specifically that there is.

thespiritbo on Feb 19, 2019


wow, haha...your insecurities and almost certainly self-aggrandizing delusions of "almost casting sean penn" and how u were super tough drill sgt in 'Nam, makes me embarassed for you.. "the smug geriatric guy who seems to internally struggle if hes a genius whistleblowin' liberal or a Uncle Sam made tough guy who molded future soldiers finds it uninteresting !!!" sorry for the run on sentences, but I more or less wanted to tell you that u sound pathetic, and none of which u stated is true...well, u are probably old,but.... the doc was spot on. I actually am a Marine combat vet (OIF, never in afghan), and most of us feel the same, and want to punch ppl who thank me for my service but at the same time want to do the same to the entitled clowns who have never been in any actual danger ever while protesting everything this country does, when the irony is they are bigger sheep than they accuse us of being livin in that happy bubble of 'Murica... F the gov't, F the Corps, but i love my brothers and always will. oh, and F you too 🙂

turdfergusonAZ on May 6, 2019


Seems interesting, though I do have to agree that nothing seemed hugely shocking or outrageous. I'm currently reading Red Platoon (which is being made into a film I believe) and have seen a couple of these type of docs. I find the real stories of soldiers in combat fascinating but do have to question the point of this 17 year war. It's never ending with seemingly an unobtainable goal - the taming of Afghanistan. It's an uncontrollable land with a proud and tough as nails population and the US really should stop wasting the lives of their men and women in such a pointless conflict.

Payne by name on Feb 20, 2019


The toll.

DAVIDPD on Feb 20, 2019

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