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We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Brian Knappenberger

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About the Movie

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, takes us inside the world of Anonymous, the radical "hacktivist" collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age. The film explores early hacktivist groups like Cult of the Dead Cow and Electronic Disturbance Theater, then moves to Anonymous' raucous beginnings on the website 4chan. The documentary traces Anonymous’ evolution from merry pranksters to a full-blown movement with a global reach, the most transformative civil disobedience of our time. A FilmBuff Presentation.

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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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73%
  • Reviews Counted: 15
  • Fresh: 11
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The film is most illuminating in showing how democratic practice can still find a new voice and innovative means with each generation. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Oct 18, 2012

Fresh: A cumulative feeling of urgency and you-are-there world-beating are key to the pic's seductive appeal, though lack of informed dissenting opinions reps an unfortunate editorial choice. – Eddie Cockrell, Variety, Oct 16, 2012

Fresh: Strong, entertaining portrait of a hard-to-pin-down online phenomenon. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Oct 16, 2012

Rotten: The doc's straightforward and chronological structure is its own worst enemy. – Tomas Hachard, Slant Magazine, Oct 14, 2012

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Customer Reviews

They Are Legion...

This film takes you into the world of Anonymous. What their message is, what it means, and why we SHOULD Care. "Kitt Sixx"..Well said!

Outstanding movie that shows the true side of this story....

Thank you for standing up and fighting when necessary. You are true heroes and I hope that your efforts help change the world.

Good documentary, bad group of people.

I will admit that it is a very well done documentary, however, I dislike how it seemingly glorifies a cyber criminal organization and demonizes law enforcement.

I mean that by how the documentary displays the law enforcement as the big bad wolf hunting down peaceful protesters.

Peaceful protesters my foot! Just cause your attacking someone using cyber warfare doesn't mean you're not causing anyone grievous harm!

Anonymous is organization that functions under a chaotic system of beliefs that if it can be hacked, it should be hacked and whatever is decoded is the spoils of war and yours to do whatever you want with it.

Anonymous has done things from causing finical ruin to stealing people's identities and often against innocent people! Like stealing someone's identity to to hijack their credit/finances and pay off their collage tuition without a shred of guilt. Even going so far as to posting information on how to do commit cyber crime and attack anyone who tries to stop it!

I find Anonymous to be an exceedingly malevolent organization and this documentary reinforces my opinion for it clearly points out they have no moral conscious whatsoever other then ensuring that the internet remains chaotic and lawless. For they have proclaimed themselves as the law in cyberspace and will not tolerate any enforcement agencies allied to order.

As for the good they have done, a few good deeds don't wash away many bad deeds. Even Adolf Hitler did a few good deeds but we all know what he is remember for and why.

Other then that, the documentary is far from boring and I must give it credit for that even though I'm not happy of who it's about.

4 out of 5 stars.