Shock and Awe

Synopsis: A group of journalists covering George Bush's planned invasion of Iraq in 2003 are skeptical of the presidents claim that Saddam Hussein has "weapons of mass destruction."
90 min

as U.S. troops make their final

push forward.

We want to slaughter

them all...

those invaders, their tombs

will be here in Iraq.

If Saddam Hussein

is alive, he is quote...

"Not in control of his military

and of his government."

These are opening stages

of what will be a broad...

and concerted campaign.

Could be longer and more

difficult than some predict.

And helping Iraqis achieve

a united, stable...

and free country will require

our sustained commitment.

And you can know that our

forces will be coming home...

as soon as their work is done.

Keep moving! Keep moving!

Let's go!

- Where are they taking us?

- Shut up. Head down.

Keep your mouth shut or I'll

blow your fucking head off.

- All right, all right.

- Are you a soldier?

- Journalist.

- Who do you work for?

- Knight Ridder.

- Never heard of it.

You should read more.

What is your name?

Jonathan Landay.

Goodbye, Jonathan Landay.


Exercise complete.

What you have just engaged in is

called The Gray Man Exercise.

And what you have just


is a colossal failure

of that exercise.

- If a journalist is captured...


terrorists may keep you alive...

in hopes of getting information

or exchanging you for a ransom.

But if you give them a reason

to kill you, they will.

The purpose of this exercise

is to teach you...

how to avoid drawing the

attention of your captors.

Hence the name, Gray Man.

Can you untie me?

This could save your life one

day, you understand?

I do, I've been in 11 war zones,

I've been shot at...

I've been held captive, I take

this very seriously.

But if you don't untie me right

now, I may lose my job.

And I'm fairly certain that

none of this training...

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Joey Hartstone

Joey Hartstone is a producer and writer, known for The Good Fight (2017), Shock and Awe (2017) and Project Runway (2004). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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