The act of killing

DVD - 2014 - Indonesian
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The act of killing
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.

Published: [United States] :, Drafthouse Films,, [2014]
Edition: Director's cut and theatrical version.
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVD 323.4909 ACT
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (122 min. ; 166 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet (40 pages)
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
NTSC, rda
Widescreen (1.85:1), rda
digital, optical, Dolby, rda
4 3/4 in.


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Jan 13, 2015
  • sartreissmartre rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was the craziest documentary I have seen in a long time, just surreal and funny in a way that shocked me. I will watch anything Herzog does after this. Genius.

Jan 06, 2015
  • LRS1969 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Quite interesting. Most high-star reviewers have expressed reviews that I could readily concur with... off-the-wall unsubstantiated conspiracy musings aside, of course!

Jan 03, 2015
  • StarGladiator rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Oh wow! And to think our present president [President Obama] lived there during some of those times, and his mom was an anthropologist there, sponsored by Ford Foundation [weren't they once a front agent for the CIA?] grants [disbursed by a Mr. Geithner. . hmmm?] , and her husband, the president's stepdad [Lolo Soetoro] was an oil company liaison to the Indonesian government, and supporter of the bloody dictator involved, Suharto? Funny world, huh? [I once read the comments about this by a CIA veteran of this, and he didn't sound that much different form those psychos in this documentary!]

Nov 02, 2014
  • kerkrobe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Surreal & humorful amidst an historical revelation of Indonesian mass murder & corruption by its own government perpetrators ... an actual documentary done in a very imaginative manner ... WOW!

I watched it a 2nd time with the film maker's commentary (something I rarely do) just to get a fuller appreciation of his work.

Pretty good!

Oct 30, 2014
  • majormulatto rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

in my 62 years on earth, this is the most frighteningly weird thing i've ever seen. and you & everyone you know should watch it. viewers seem to focus on the "otherness" of this film; it's made in and the events happened in a faraway place. don't forget that u.s. dollars financed a great deal of these atrocities and others in east timor by our "friends" in the indonesian government. it wasn't just crimes by "those people."

Oct 27, 2014
  • southern_david rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A must see film about a horrific period in Indonesia that must of us are unaware of. A very well done documentary that fits in the category of "you wouldn't believe it if it was a work of fiction..." brilliant!

Aug 18, 2014
  • zapato rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An amazing movie that leaves you with the feeling that as humans beings, no matter how horrible is something we do we can always find an excuse that will validate it. Like thy say in the movie "war crimes are defined by the winners."

Aug 17, 2014
  • pol rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an incredible film. Its unbelievably rare to see something so candid and honest from the minds of people who are simultaneously psychotic and perfectly sane. As a film it is genius and perfect by integrating real life and the concept of films, which in the most insanely realistic way has become the way people think. This is just one of the most extreme examples. Its important to see films like this in an attempt to understand real evil. If you are the type of person who takes pleasure in semi-jokingly calling yourself a morally bankrupt hedonist (and I know for a fact you are out there), perhaps you should take a look at people who take that same sentiment to a farther level.

Aug 02, 2014
  • jlarios2007 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Even months after watching this, I'm still disturbed by it, still find myself thinking about it, and still wonder how people can live with themselves when they've engaged in such inhumane acts. There isn't really any graphic footage - you're not going to see film of the actual atrocities. It's just the perpetrators talking about it and re-enacting it that will unglue you. They laugh and have a good time - they're cavalier about it, to say the least, and their countrymen still consider them war heroes rather them treating them like war criminals. Though it begins to dawn on one of these men that his victims might have been terrified and might have suffered unspeakably, not to mention the innocence of many of them, he still iseems only puzzled by it all, not broken or remorseful, not really. Gad, even writing about this movie is upsetting. But I recommend seeing it. It's important to look evil in the face sometimes and say, "Oh, it doesn't have horns and a tail. It looks like these men."

BTW: It's unnerving to see that one commenter here thought it was boring. Boring it is not, unfortunately.

Aug 02, 2014
  • BlueMoonGirl rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Strange, disturbing "gangsters", or what they called themselves in Indonesian. Mind-you, this government is still in charge...

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