Imprisoned journalist Joseph Michaels faces a government execution during a future American Revolution.

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In a future America, citizens have finally remembered that the reason they are allowed to bear arms is to be able to take them up against those that would seek to oppress them or rob them of their liberty. As a result mass uprisings have begun and the Government has responded in kind. Any sort of rebellion, whether it be with arms or information, is struck down and it is one such striking that we see as we join a journalist held in prison, tortured and ultimately being processed for state execution. Written by bob the moo

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The limited narrative hurts how much one gets into it, but the brutality and pace makes it work even if I would have liked more story
16 April 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In a future America, citizens have finally remembered that the reason they are allowed to bear arms is to be able to take them up against those that would seek to oppress them or rob them of their liberty. As a result mass uprisings have begun and the Government has responded in kind. Any sort of rebellion, whether it be with arms or information, is struck down and it is one such striking that we see as we join a journalist held in prison, tortured and ultimately being processed for state execution.

Although the credits inform me this is based on a famous short story, I confess to have never heard of it. The plot here is really done and dusted in the first few minutes as we see through videos on social media that citizens are rising up. Once this is established we move to the prison and from there it is a rather brutal experience with stress position torture followed by the callous execution (cattle style) of journalists. From this point forward it is very much about the depiction of this situation and the man's frantic attempts to escape and return to his wife and baby. The strength of the film is how engaging and brutal the film is when it comes to the scenes in the prison. The lead actor Abbott sells his terror and desperation and it is this that really convinces because he takes the viewer with him.

The construction of the film adds to this, with good pace and edited. The downside is that because there is limited narrative here, we perhaps aren't totally bought into the individual's goal and the desire to get home. The ending of the film loses this emotional hook as a result, but it is cleverly done because it yet again makes it about the brutality and cruelty of the scenario (the "pull out" of the camera achieves this) and thus the viewer is returned to what made the film strong in the first place. The weaknesses are there for sure but generally the film seems to know them and instead play to its strengths to the overall benefit of the piece. I liked it for what it did, even though I would have liked more of a story to be told to draw in the heart.


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