Whether director George Butler anticipated the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads
or restructured his film to answer them, Going Upriver is an unabashed
attempt to define the nature of Kerry's service in Vietnam and his subsequent
efforts to save American lives by mobilizing Vietnam Veterans Against the War.
Vivid documentary footage from Kerry's actual Swift boat and voiceover testimony
from men he served with paint a portrait of a decent man in a depraved
situation. But its monocled focus on a distinct slice of the past will make
filmgoers on both sides of the political spectrum wonder, Will the Vietnam War