Combat Obscura

Combat Obscura

By Miles Lagoze

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2019-03-15
  • Advisory Rating: Unrated
  • Runtime: 1h 10min
  • Director: Miles Lagoze
  • Production Company: Oscilloscope
  • iTunes Price: USD 12.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 6.99


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 Obscura is a groundbreaking look at the daily life of Marines in a war zone as told by the Marines 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.




  • Great Reality

    By majorthomas
    I have always known of the two sides of warriors. The desire for doing good with the terrible burden of this hope. Many people (including myself); have very negative ideas about sending our troops to places like Afghanistan and other harsh areas to fight and (sadly often die) with little praise or even decent help when back home. I suffer from CTE caused by head injuries playing football. My life has been demolished due to this PTSD type nightmare. If you believe that we have a bunch of indifferent and mean folks who are hardened to goodness and evil... watch this film. You will be very proud of these soldiers who are just like someone you know. The facade of our troops being in massive impregnable fortresses; is replaced by the ancient and dangerous compound in which this group of Marines depend upon for cover and living. A mixture of waiting in heat and boredom + the constant chances for firefights = the world of war. This is not for everyone... the real scenes of death and destruction will be very tough on young kids and many kind souls. But if you realize that you are going to see a glimpse of truth through the lens of ‘Combat Obscura’... then proceed with open eyes and mind. Blessings to all who are similar positions around the world and from many countries. War is a terrible thing that we as humans have not found a way out of... yet. Respect
  • Bored Soldiers Equates to Snoozefest

    By HellsAssasin
    There are tons of first hand videos shot by soldiers for free online that will give you a knot in your stomach leaving you with great respect and appreciation for our brave soldiers. This documentary ain’t it.
  • Horrible

    By DMoney3253
    biggest waste of money
  • Terrible

    By joesheldon
    Don't waste your money.
  • Here’s my update review.

    By 29 palms marine
    Well it’s raw uncut footage from combat camera with his time attached to a line platoon. At times the film is dull but on the firefight scenes it’s what’s worth. That’s how things played out. Not much of a story or plot just like I said uncut raw footage of marines in battle.
  • Don’t waste your money

    By tterb0331
    It’s decent, and like others said, it’s raw. But it’s too raw. The guy got some decent footage, but his editing and production skills aren’t up to par. There’s almost no context, and no storyline. I was excited for this documentary because it promised to show the real side of the Marine Corps infantry in Afghanistan, and it had HQMC worried, but like a real deployment, the whole flick was boring as hell. I kept checking the time to see when it was going to be over. When somewhat exciting things happened, there was almost no context or narrative. Unfortunately the Marine at the end didn’t survive, Levy (don’t know his rank, sorry), and the only way I found that out is because in the credits Miles gave a thank you to the Marine’s mother. The film should have had some sort of voice over (reflections from the Marines that were there would have worked), or some interviews... something to let the viewers knows more about what was going on. This is just my opinion, coming from an 0331 with 2 pumps to Iraq and 2 to Afghanistan. Like I said, I was excited for this documentary, but I feel very let down after watching it.
  • Great movie

    By Iam Gey
    Don’t rent it, BUY IT!
  • Boring with no focus

    By MaddogSquid
    It wasn’t what I expected. Kind of all over the place with a bunch of clips thrown together.
  • Riveting

    By McFucked
    Keeps you on the edge of your seat. My husband was deployed in Afghanistan during 2011-2012 and found this to be the most accurate combat documentary to date. Definitely a must watch!
  • Amazing

    By gag_ball
    “New York Times best seller”