The Act of Killing details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Ex Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Haji Anif, Syamsul Arifin, Sakhyan Asmara|
|Directors:||Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn|
|Studio:||Fusion Media Sales|
The Act of Killing
|Run time:||1 hour 55 minutes|
|Rental release:||25 Nov 2013|
|Main languages:||Indonesian, English|
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Unbelievable AccessBy Nootlin (134 reviews) from London , 06 Sep 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]This is an extraordinary documentary that must be seen to be believed, because how the filmmakers managed to get this film made beggars belief. Not for the faint-hearted, it follows Anwar Congo, an elderly gangster, and his jolly friend who were instrumental in butchering thousands of people identified as communists during a purge of those opposed to President Sukarno's two-decade reign. (It made way for Suharto's three-decade reign...) The filmmakers ask the gangsters to reenact the murders they committed, and they are more than eager to perform. At times it's like watching Laurel and Hardy reborn as the Krays. This is a disturbing film, hard to comprehend, and a little hard to get through. But absolutely worth your while.
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Between art and documentaryBy daylightsimulator (52 reviews) from london , 13 Dec 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]A film of immense vision and commitment. Rather than simply telling the story of the 1960s massacres by Indonesian militias of millions of supposed Communists, director Joshua Oppenheimer has somehow managed to track down some of the men responsible (who seem to have been given amnesty by a government still supportive of their activities) and inveigle them to re-enact their stories using a film genre of their choice. Anwar Congo, a dapper small-time gangster recruited by the militias for the role of mass murderer, is the 'star'; he revisits the scenes of his crimes, talking us through the best way to kill a man, meanwhile casting and filming his own version - a combination of Western, dance musical and pulp film noir. It's an extraordinarily brave and original way to bring these seemingly soulless men to a realisation of what they've done, more like a radical artistic experiment than a traditional documentary; its high-risk, on-the-edge ambitions are very much in the spirit of Werner Herzog: no wonder he backed it so fully. Highly intelligent and truly shocking film-making.
Brave and dedicated DirectorBy PJM (2 reviews) from London , 13 Dec 2013As other reviews have reported, this is a fantastic documentary of vital importance, but is a little difficult to appreciate that fully by just watching it. Listening to the interview with Director Joshua Oppenheimer in the 'extras' will open your eyes to his bravery and dedication to bring the events and their implications to world attention.
Documentary film making at its bestBy Ernestlondo (5 reviews) , 12 Dec 2013Until watching this film I'd had no idea how openly corrupt and dysfunctional Indonesia is. The narrative thread is Anwar Congo's own project to make a film about the murder of over two million people. In one scene he's interviewed about it on national TV and, not just does he glory in his own killings in front of an audience of his militia, the presenter concludes the interview by saying that it's God's work to kill communists. This was on national TV. In other astonishing scenes you see gangsters extorting money from market holders, gangster politicians bribing voters and a landowner explaining that it's easier to get land by using thugs to drive people away. They are all very open about it and the enthusiastic support press and politicians give them means they've got no reason to be concerned. The only analogy that comes to mind is one in which the Nazis had won the war and the people responsible for the Holocaust were feted on light entertainment shows as national heroes. It's not always an easy film to watch but it is documentary film making at its best.
Don't Believe The Phonies This Is Drop Dead Jaw DroppingBy Mooke (46 reviews) from mcr , 09 Dec 2013The Anatomy of A Genocide In A Devloping Country, That's been happening all over the third world since the 60's - Until now i have found it almost impossible to concieve how such a thing could occur. This documentary demisties the whole thing and shows how the cultural heirarchy plays down to the common men and through fear, repression & reward, illicit's the basest of human nature within a society. Don't be put off, it is a truely unique film and because of the purely circumstantial nature of the film there are moments of hilarity, but you are never cut adrift of the sickening irony, which balances the whole film out. Truely educational - should be seen & explored
DISASTER CHOICE.By Bushpilot (8 reviews) , 03 Dec 2013HOW THIS FILM GOT A HIGH RATING I DON'T KNOW. IT WAS TOTALLY AMATEURISH AND WITHOUT A PROPER STORYLINE. 2 DISCS OF NOTHING. GIVE IT A MISS.
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