In dramatic terms War on Terror is much less interesting than Brothers, of Jim Sheridan.
The care in the conception and in the accomplishment of the scenes that they treat of the soldier's psychological disturbance they are worthy of an Oscar. Persecution habit, symmetry habit, temperamental explosions, changes of the day at night, attempted suicide... everything this is things that happen in the reality. The interpretation is impeccable. I never thought that "Spider Man actor" went such a very good actor. The other character, the soldier's brother, is also very solid and raisin for an interesting evolution along the plot.
- Who is the bad guy? This question done by the son to the father former-soldier puts in doubt the very peculiar idea spread in the USA that the Americans are always the good guys. An objection can be made the this theory. After all, when the character tells this the child answers that the bad guys are the guys with big beards and all laugh. But remembers it: the soldier's brother has also beard and he are not a bad guy. Rabbis also have long beards and they are not treated like bad guys.
For me the problem of this film is subtler. Brothers shows an American soldier's torture in the exact moment in that it discusses the torture of Iraqi and Afghan for American soldiers. Summarizing the film says this: see like them do equal, see which the result than they did. And in reason of this nobody in USA is interested in knowing how they are the Iraqi and Afghan that they were cut into pieces and tortured by the Americans.
The use of the military propaganda in the American films is much more sophisticated than the Nazi, but it reaches the same objective: to silence the opposition, to appease the bad conscience and to produce an artificial consensus.