A thriller that dramatizes the last 24 hours in the lives of Jim Jones and The Peoples Temple Church through the eyes of a reporter.A thriller that dramatizes the last 24 hours in the lives of Jim Jones and The Peoples Temple Church through the eyes of a reporter.A thriller that dramatizes the last 24 hours in the lives of Jim Jones and The Peoples Temple Church through the eyes of a reporter.
The story is told in a nice way in those 20-something minutes. The director had a great sense of creativity with the tiny resources that he had - and you have to pay little attention in seeing the Jonestown community in all those tiny houses all put together one next to the other when in fact the real thing were filled with huge constructions with a certain distance in between. Leandro Cano while playing Jones, despite limited screen time, has a certain charisma but unlike Jones or even others who played the man in films or that Discovery documentary. He steals the show, though something is missing (the voice sounds different). And the actress playing the reporter truly carried the film while the supporting roles (the people wanting to leave) are given to actors that you don't sense they're acting, they look, sound and feel genuine simple people caught under an extraordinary situation and finally found a way to escape from it.
A relevance this "Jonestown" has is the fact of telling that horrific story, to briefly examine possible causes of why it happened. To wide audiences get a general feel about everything concerning the deadly event that claimed more than 900 lives would be with a miniseries or a well summarized film, that I hope director David B. Berget will find a way to bring to life. Not a single moment was wasted and he created the perfect environment, the precise tension evoked by the real tragedy. He avoids the shocking bits but keeping an adequate level of horror and despair that doesn't wash away immediately. Haunting. 8/10
- Oct 18, 2016