The act of killing

(DVD - 2014 - Indonesian)
Average Rating: 3.5 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
Published: [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)
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
NTSC, rda
Widescreen (1.85:1), rda
digital, optical, Dolby, rda
4 3/4 in.
Notes: 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.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2012.
True/False Film Festival.
True/False Film Fest entry.
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
Statement of Responsibility: Final Cut for Real presents ; directed by Joshua Oppenheimer ; produced by Signe Byrge Sorensen, Final Cut for Real APS ; a film by Joshua Oppenheimer
Distributor: [United States] :, Cinedigm Entertainment Corp,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
Performers: Haji Anif, Syamsul Arifin, Sakhyan Asmara.
System Details: DVD; NTSC, region 1; widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1.
Other Language: Indonesian dialogue; with English subtitles.
Subject Headings: Indonesia History Coup d'état, 1965 Video recordings. Death squads Indonesia Video recordings. Pemuda Pancasila (Organization) Video recordings.
Genre/Form: Feature films.
Nonfiction films.
Historical films.
Social problem films.
Documentary films.
Topical Term: TrueFalse Film Fest film.
Death squads
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Jun 30, 2014
  • mistical rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Thought provoking...

This was terrible. It had no redeeming qualities. Borderline sick and in poor taste. In that regard many will consider it art.

I am not giving this film any stars. I wish I wouldn't have bothered to watch it. Repetitive and at times boring.

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

Nominated for an Oscar for best documentary (2014).

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.

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."

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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