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2 Weeks In Hell

Discovery Channel // 2009 // 86 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Kent Dixon (Retired) // April 23rd, 2011

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All Rise...

Judge Kent Dixon once spent two weeks in Hell wearing SPF 100.

The Charge

Before they go to war, they have to go through hell. Don't come to this interview unprepared.

The Case

The U.S. Army Special Forces Green Berets—when you think about the elite of military personnel or the "best of the best," the Green Berets are at the top of that list. Few other military organizations train to the same degree or expect the same level of commitment and dedication from their operators as the Green Berets. If there was any doubt about the rigor and intense demands behind that recruitment and selection process, we now have the luxury of spending 2 Weeks in Hell for an inside look. Green Berets are experts in unconventional tactics, subversion and guerilla warfare, blending into their local environment and functioning on their own skill and wits. Their belief? The right man in the right place devastates the enemy.

Maybe you thought the hazing you went through I middle school or college was bad, but trust me, you ain't seen nothing like this! Volunteers come from around the country to test their mettle against what just might be the toughest military training screening program in the world. From seasoned military vets with previous tours of duty under their belts, to average guys who think they have what it takes, the Green Berets draw hopefuls from just about every walk of life. What's that you say? You think you just might have what it takes? You might want to think again.

Gathering at Camp McCall, deep in the backwoods of North Carolina, 256 candidates gather to see if they can cut it with the Green Berets; more than 50 percent will not succeed. From the moment they arrive, the candidates are closely watched and screened for contraband items that are not allowed. No clear direction is given, aside from what is written on a white board. Everyone expects the physical challenges, but the emotional intensity and personal attacks are what causes most candidates to buckle quickly. Functioning on little sleep, candidates are subjected to constant aggressive confrontation, intense physical challenges and pressure designed to break all but the most focused and committed individuals. As Green Berets operators, these men will be pushed to their breaking point with their mission objectives and potentially other men relying on them, so weeding out those who can't handle it is literally of life and death importance.

"This program contains graphic material that may be disturbing to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised." When a documentary starts off with that message in stark white text on a black background, I always take it with a grain of salt. How bad could it be? From graphic injuries to men scooping up vomit and putting it in their pockets (no, I'm not kidding), 2 Weeks in Hell is not always easy to watch.

2 Weeks arrives in living rooms with a pretty decent A/V presentation, delivering a crisp and clean 2.0 audio mix and a picture that's as intense and immediate as its subject. There are no extra features of any kind, but a box of Kleenex or a vomit bag might have been nice. In case the narrator's voice seems familiar, it's because you may remember his role as ex-Special Forces Colonel Stuart in Die Hard 2; actor William Sadler's tone and delivery are perfect for this feature.

The Verdict

Intense and at times almost unbearable to watch, 2 Weeks in Hell will make your worst job interview seem like a trip to SeaWorld. It's a fascinating look behind one of the world's most elite and specialized military units and, if you can take it, the film is well worth your time. Not guilty.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 92

Perp Profile

Studio: Discovery Channel
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• None
Running Time: 86 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Documentary
• Historical
• Television
• War

Distinguishing Marks

• None


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