The act of killing

(DVD - 2014 - Indonesian)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The act of killing

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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.
Title: The act of killing
Publisher: [United States] :, Drafthouse Films,, [2014]
Edition: Director's cut and theatrical version.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (122 min. ; 166 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet (40 pages)
4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, Dolby, rda
Widescreen (1.85:1), rda
NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
Notes: True/False Film Fest entry.
True/False Film Festival.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2012.
Special features: 45 min. interview with Oppenheimer on democracy now!; Audio commentary with executive producer Werner Herzog and director Joshua Oppenheimer; Vice presents: Werner Herzog and Errol Morris on The act of killing; Deleted scenes; Trailers; 40 page booklet featuring an essay by Errol Morris; Digital download.
Contents: disc 1. Theatrical version (122 min.)
disc 2. Director's cut (166 min.)
Summary: 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.
Local Note: 1
Branch Call Number: DVD 323.4909 ACT
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I am not giving this film any stars. I wish I wouldn't have bothered to watch it. Repetitive and at times boring.

Report This Mar 01, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Nominated for an Oscar for best documentary (2014).

Report This Feb 28, 2014
  • jpozenel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The movie is not really a true documentary, but it does shed light on how the current Indonesian government came to power in the 1960's and is still in power today. If I had to do it over, I would have watched the extra features on the DVD before watching the movie, in order to understand better what the film maker was trying to do. It's a bizarre concept in movie making, but in this particular case it worked at getting the message through to the audience, in particular, the Indonesian film audience. This is not an entertaining movie if that is what you are looking for.

Report This Feb 22, 2014
  • karmafarmer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not a slick production as some top notch docs are made today, and though it sometimes drags itself through the two hours plus... to fully appreciate this bizarre human study of cultural morals and how atrocities are rationalized by the victors, watch it with the commentary after initial viewing. Bizarre indeed the characters here and their film scenes, almost a seriously-demented SCTV on the other side of this planet. I'm surprised the cable networks haven't offered Henry a show of his own. The copy I had is a bare-bones single disc director's cut. There appears to be a 2 disc set & booklet in the system. I may obtain the expanded release in the future. Herzog fans will no doubt enjoy his observations. He remarks " I haven't seen a movie like this before and now I won't have to see another ever again. This one does it."

Report This Feb 06, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a very disturbing movie. The killers, who killed innocent communists in the 60’s, get to re-enact their killings. About half way through the movie the one killer all of sudden realizes what he had done and tries to come to grips with it. This movie is well done, but the subject matter is very intense and disturbing. Well worth the watch if you can stomach it.


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