If the tone of No End in Sight, one of the latest in a slew of docs around the Iraq war, feels a little familiar -- hard-edged reporting, decisive point of view, insider perspectives and razor-sharp editing -- there may be a reason. The film was exec-produced by Alex Gibney, who directed last year's Oscar-nominated Enron: Smartest Guys in the Room. The two films, although they have different subject matter, have key similarities at the core. Both are about men abusing power and privilege, the inherent dangers of trusting those in authority without questioning their motives and motivations, and the consequences of blind arrogance and willful ignorance. No End in Sight is about war, Enron about business, but both structurally and in overall message, the films have much in common.
Former policy wonk Charles Ferguson, who made a killing in the business world when he sold his software company off to Microsoft for a cool $133 million, decided he wanted to make a film about the Iraq war. The resulting film, No End in Sight, does three basic things: Shows the decision-making process that has led to the post-invasion situation we are currently in with Iraq, paints a picture of the giant hole the administration has dug us into there, and explores what (if anything) it might take to get us out. If the film's title strikes you as a bit negative, well, Ferguson clearly doesn't have the most optimistic outlook on the Iraq situation, but with deliberation and aforethought, he shows the viewer exactly why.