The Act of Killing
The Act of Killing

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A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.... (Full plot summary below)

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A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

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RogerEbert.com - 10/10 by Steven Boone This masterpiece about propaganda, cinema and vanity as instruments of power and terror ends on an excruciatingly sustained, righteous money shot: a monster who could have been a good man suffocates on the truth.
Portland Oregonian - 10/10 by Marc Mohan The Act of Killing is exemplary as a history lesson, a character study and a powerful argument for confronting the past.
WBAI Radio - 10/10 by Prairie Miller Raw and wrenching but narrow retro-focus on the slaughter of millions of Indonesian leftists in collusion with the CIA. But much like Out Of The Furnace, locating truth evasively within the masses, rather than tracing US government and economic roots.
The Guardian - 10/10 by Peter Bradshaw It is a gut-churning film: and a radical dive into history, grabbing the past in a way a conventional documentary would not.
Wall Street Journal - 10/10 by Joe Morgenstern This feature-length documentary, currently entering national release, may be one of the most horrifying films you'll ever see, and one of the most edifying.
Boston Globe - 10/10 by Janice Page The Act of Killing is one of the most extraordinary films you’ll ever encounter, not to mention one of the craziest filmmaking concepts anywhere.
Village Voice - 10/10 by Nick Schager More terrifying than any horror film, and more intellectually adventurous than just about any 2013 release so far, The Act of Killing is a major achievement, a work about genocide that rightly earns its place alongside Shoah as a supreme testament to the cinema's capacity for inquiry, confrontation, and remembrance.
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/10 by Bill Stamets [A] stunning “documentary of the imagination."
Los Angeles Times - 10/10 by Kenneth Turan It's a mind-bending film, devastating and disorienting, that disturbs us in ways we're not used to being disturbed, raising questions about the nature of documentary, the persistence of evil, and the intertwined ways movies function in our culture and in our minds.
The New York Times - 10/10 by A.O. Scott The horror of The Act of Killing does not dissipate easily or yield to anything like clarity.
New York Post - 10/10 by Farran Smith Nehme The cumulative impact is devastating, and very far from a simple Western condemnation of another country’s brutality. In forcing viewers to hear the boasts of genocide’s perpetrators, The Act of Killing puts a harsh spotlight on all celebrations of bloodshed, from Hollywood to the op-ed pages.
Washington Post - 10/10 by Ann Hornaday The Act of Killing is a must-see.

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