The Act of Killing (Director's Cut)HD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
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.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 140
- Fresh: 134
- 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: 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.
Fresh: Better characters could hardly have been invented.