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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The A.V. Club - 10/10 by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky By tackling one man’s sense of right and wrong (or lack thereof), Oppenheimer is ultimately tackling human nature.
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.
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.
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.
Washington Post - 10/10 by Ann Hornaday The Act of Killing is a must-see.
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/10 by Bill Stamets [A] stunning “documentary of the imagination."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Miami Herald - 10/10 by Rene Rodriguez In The Act of Killing, director Joshua Oppenheimer pulls off the impossible: He confronts great, incomprehensible evil and puts a human face on it.

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