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About the Movie
WINNER of the Grand Jury Prize for BEST DOCUMENTARY at the Tribeca Film Festival. An urgent and powerful exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. DO NOT RESIST– the directorial debut of Detropia cinematographer Craig Atkinson – offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future. The film takes viewers from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team and inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of “righteous violence” to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments – before exploring where controversial new technologies, including predictive policing algorithms, could lead the field next.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 36
- Fresh: 32
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 7.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The film doesn't unearth anything that hasn't already been voiced, and it could use more details on the scope of the phenomenon. But with more police shootings in the headlines just in the past few days, it's nothing if not timely.
Fresh: Stylistically uninspiring, with a tedious threatening sound design, but the powerful subject matter largely overcomes such missteps ...
Fresh: The parameters of homeland security are chillingly assessed in "Do Not Resist," a troubling documentary examining the escalating militarization of the nation's police forces.
Fresh: Craig Atkinson's Do Not Resist avoids the handwringing format of other (very welcome) examinations of 21st-century American policing, offering instead something like a despairing tone poem.
Complete Vindication of Police Practices
Since this documentary focuses on the events in Ferguson back in 2014, it has ultimately (much to the producer/director's chagrin, I'm sure) proven how the "militarization of police" in the USA is not only justified, but also very much needed, given the tragedies, murders and mass shootings that have occurred since 2014.
The film's premise intended to depict the police as a bunch of cowboys just having fun with their military toys. But, with Dallas, Orlando, and the countless other murders events that have occurred since Ferguson, the film completely vindicates the 1033 program and how important it is to provide police with military surplus vehicles and weaponry.
Monsters are everywhere. The police are the only ones who, when called on, can stop them.
Worst movie I've seen in a long time. Also total BS.
Shows the police abusing citizens