Army of One directed by Sarah Goodman. 70 minutes. Tuesday (April 27), 9:15 pm. Isabel Bader Theatre. Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNNN
Sarah Goodman's excellent entry has the economy and force of good poetry and the momentum of good fiction. It captures two years in the lives of three U.S. Army recruits, post-September 11. They're all young, confused, joining up for dumb-ass but perfectly intelligible reasons. The transformations they undergo in basic training follow the cold logic of tragedy, although Goodman's style is so deftly understated you might not hear the cry of anguish until days later, when scenes from the film are still floating around in your head.