The Act of Killing (Director's Cut)
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In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Errol Morris (The Fog of War) and Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), the filmmakers examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love. The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit. Shaking audiences at the 2012 Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals and winning an Audience Award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 131
- Fresh: 125
- Rotten: 6
- Average Rating: 8.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary interviews leaders of Indonesian death squads responsible for deaths of millions & has them re-enact the killings. The combination of drama therapy and accidental self-exposure - utterly bizarre, unexpected and valuable.
Fresh: "The Act of Killing" works on so many levels -- psychodrama, horror movie, Orwellian nightmare, Poe story -- that sifting through your reactions could take days.
Fresh: This stunning "documentary of the imagination" shows Anwar and other thugs staging scenes of torture and murder for the camera.
Fresh: I certainly do not move that the film should be suppressed, only that one should know what it is. It is a bath in a smiling madness.
Interesting yet super disturbing
Pretty well put together film. A word to the wise viewer however, this movie may make you physically ill. It could even change you forever. Some really dark stuff. One could even say it makes “The Cove” feel like “King of Kong." Overall people should see this film simply to become aware of the terrible tragedy that transpired. That said it still haunts my thoughts and I can’t imagine ever watching it again. Ever.
You're missing the point if you think this movie is "glorifying" murder.
Best Film I Have Ever Seen
It's challenging. It's brilliant. Well done