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The Act of Killing (Director's Cut)

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Joshua Oppenheimer

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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: 141
  • Fresh: 135
  • 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. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug 8, 2013

Fresh: This stunning "documentary of the imagination" shows Anwar and other thugs staging scenes of torture and murder for the camera. – Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times, Aug 16, 2013

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. – Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic, Nov 14, 2013

Fresh: Better characters could hardly have been invented. – Laura Bennett, The New Republic, Aug 1, 2013

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Customer Reviews

The most powerful documentary I have ever seen

best movie of 2013

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.

Best Film I Have Ever Seen

It's challenging. It's brilliant. Well done

The Act of Killing (Director's Cut)
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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