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Battle In Seattle

25 September 2008 6:26 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

From an outsider's perspective&mdash;and through the mass media's sometimes-mocking lens&mdash;Seattle's 1999 protests against the World Trade Organization's millennial meeting often seemed anarchic and unfocused, a chaotic mixture of organized civil disobedience and costumed street rave. In <i>Battle In Seattle</i>&mdash;a mostly fictional take on real events, patterned after Haskell Wexler's <i>Medium Cool</i>&mdash;actor-turned-director Stuart Townsend attempts to put faces on the factions and the participants. The best part of the film: While first-time writer-director Townsend is unabashedly anti-WTO, he attempts to show all sides of the story. But that's also the worst part of the film. His kaleidoscopic view is so far-reaching that few of his characters get enough screen time to make an impact. The film's nominal focus is passionate organizer Martin Henderson, who has personal as well as political reasons for going after the WTO; he and jovial, wonky environmentalist André Benjamin »

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