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)
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
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: Pemuda Pancasila (Organization) Video recordings. Death squads Indonesia Video recordings. Indonesia History Coup d'état, 1965 Video recordings.
Genre/Form: Documentary films.
Social problem films.
Historical films.
Nonfiction films.
Feature films.
Topical Term: Death squads
TrueFalse Film Fest film.
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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...

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.

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