Escape from Kabul



Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 90%
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 322

Plot summary

September 22, 2022 at 04:27 AM


Jamie Roberts

Top cast

Donald Trump as Self
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712.88 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 17 min
P/S 8 / 62
1.43 GB
English 5.1
23.976 fps
1 hr 17 min
P/S 9 / 101

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by paul-allaer 9 / 10

Harrowing and shocking: the very essence of a humanitarian catastrophe

As "Escape From Kabul" (2022 release; 76 min) opens, then-President Trump announces in February, 2020 that the US will withdraw from Afghanistan. Newly elected President Biden sets a deadline of August 31, 2021. When the Taliban unexpectedly captures Kabul on August 15, 2021, it sets into motion a humanitarian drama and catastrophe, as hundreds of thousands of Afghan citizens descend onto the Kabul airport in a desperate attempt to flee the country and the Taliban. At this point we are less than 10 min into the movie.

Couple of comments: this is the latest documentary from director Jamie Roberts, on the heels of last year's excellent "Four Hours At the Capitol". Here Roberts reconstructs the second half of August, 2021. If you think that you know what went down from remembering a couple of clips of the evening news, you really DON'T know. This documentary unearths never before seen footage from a variety of sources, including from the US Marines, the Taliban and elsewhere. Seeing this harrowing and shocking footage will begin to give you an idea what these 2 weeks in August were: the very essence of a humanitarian catastrophe, driven by sheer desperation and fear. Yes, the Taliban leaders are interviewed, smug about defeating the Americans, but never asking themselves why it is that seemingly a vast majority of the Afghan population would rather flee if given the chance than live under Taliban rule. Last but not least: a sincere kudos to everyone, from the Marines to the US Air Force, who was able to airlift a reported 124,000 people under impossible circumstances, the largest airlift operation in US modern history. Bottom line: this is one of the best movies of 2022, period.

"Escape From Kabul" premiered a few days ago on HBO Max. I found it to be a deeply moving and shocking viewing experience. Frankly it should be required viewing for all HS and college students alike. Of course don't just take my words for it. If you have any interest in US history and geopolitics, I'd readily suggest you check this out, and draw your own conclusion.

Reviewed by trule1979 1 / 10

Unbalanced!!!! Somewhat insightful...

I actually found this to be an extremely numbed down depiction of events.... but considering its on liberal leftist HBO im not suprised.

What about all the babies that ended up being crowd floated into razor wire? What about the 4 busloads of refugees that had already been vetted by American Volunteers that were there trying to rescue our allies that a Marine Lt Col turned away? 4 bus loads of families, already in the gates and he sent them out to the Tali!

Left out that it was a State Department operation

Left out that the Biden Administration is directly responsible for the chaos which could have been avoided.

Tim Kennedy's account of these events portays a much darker and accurate first hand story that went on there. He says it was The Taliban that were spraying bullets into crowds to do crowd control, all day every day, why didnt you mention that!?!? But you mentioned every rubber bullet the Marines fired.... Biased Much?!?!

Reviewed by ferguson-6 7 / 10

previously unseen footage

Greetings again from the darkness. We watched it play out on television, seemingly getting worse and more tragic and more convoluted by the day. It was painful to watch the United States evacuation of Afghanistan, and now, Jamie Roberts documents what actually happened with previously unseen archival footage supplemented with remarkably candid personal interviews.

The war was in its 18th year when, in 2020, President Trump announced we would be ending the war and bringing our folks home. It was President Biden who gave the final deadline for evacuation by August 2021. Of course, most of us doubted it could happen that swiftly, and given what unfolded, maybe it shouldn't have.

Previously unseen footage is remarkable, and certainly provides a true sense of what was happening at the time and how our undermanned military faced numerous obstacles - some dangerous, others humanitarian - and performed admirably given the circumstance. The insight from the Marines who were there is especially impactful, and their recollections cut to the quick. Their mission was to evacuate US citizens and "at risk" Afghans who had been helpful to the cause, but we learn the first couple of days were spent evacuating "VIPs" ... always a sign of political motivation.

It was literally day 2 (August 15) when the Taliban seized control of Kabul, causing desperation and fear and chaos. The footage is vivid in showing what was happening, and how confusion permeated every action. It's stunning to watch as Taliban leaders are interviewed and laugh at the US for such a botched plan after a two-decade war. Interviews with some Afghan citizens who made it out display the emotions of those driven from the homes under extreme stress. And those Marines offer the most direct feedback for the operation and the no-win decisions they faced when deciding who could leave.

We have all seen the newscast images of those desperately clinging the airplanes, but what about the canal of sewage many spent days wading in, hoping for a chance to leave? The "deal" struck with the Taliban to allow evacuations is a bit confusing to us, but even more so to the Marines stationed at the time. Despite 124,000 people being evacuated and most of the military equipment destroyed prior to the last plane filled with Marines, it's still sickening to see the Taliban immediately shift into victory celebration mode. We know where this is headed, and so do those who remained.

An HBO documentary premiering on September 21, 2022.

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mtvincentm September 28, 2022 at 12:59 pm

you guys shouldn't be there in the first place. If you guys refer to 9/11, trace it back to oil and poppy plants.

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hudsonkane September 26, 2022 at 03:14 pm

Excellently researched and filmed. Another example of lack of leadership

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starlord1122 September 23, 2022 at 04:55 pm

US gets more ilhan omar.

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BobTorres88 September 23, 2022 at 03:54 am

What race owns HBO?

hassaan473 profile
hassaan473 September 22, 2022 at 08:33 pm

oh right, an american made documentary of afghanistan. What could be wrong.

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GnarlyMMA September 22, 2022 at 06:29 pm

All because of Joey B.iden

ali1972 profile
ali1972 September 22, 2022 at 03:49 pm

The United States is a paper tiger and the moment of its end has come soon

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thisisBS September 22, 2022 at 03:27 pm

I ain't watching this "documentary" because my guess will be the uber USA still won, but in reality, they got @ss f*cked by sheep herders in sandals.

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badsocket13 September 22, 2022 at 03:14 pm

Hugin123, funniest, hanging outside a C-17?

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always4afight September 22, 2022 at 02:13 pm


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GhislaineMaxwell September 22, 2022 at 12:54 pm

alahu akbar ~ r'amen~

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Hugin123 September 22, 2022 at 12:42 pm

The one I found funniest was the guy hanging outside on the C-17, flapping in the wind.

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bilal2005 September 22, 2022 at 11:19 am

Loser US, can only make movies ..... always a loser in war, iraq, afghanistan , vietnam ................ just make movies you guys can't fight in real. Lolz super hero movies

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Peaknik September 22, 2022 at 09:00 am

We knew "the big guy" Joe and his administration are incompetent but this was a whole new low.

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asian_lion September 22, 2022 at 06:59 am

Ah, the aftereffect of U.S. ran away from its colony with the tail between its legs... Hahaha