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Killswitch (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama | 18 October 2014 (USA)
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The Internet is under attack. This award-winning documentary explores the threat Internet censorship imposes on free speech, innovation, and democracy.


Ali Akbarzadeh


Christopher Dollar, Ali Akbarzadeh (co-writer)
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Lawrence Lessig Lawrence Lessig
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The Internet is under attack. This award-winning documentary explores the threat Internet censorship imposes on free speech, innovation, and democracy.

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The section of the documentary that shows a clip of an interview between a female interviewer and George Orwell was actually from a BBC 4 dramatisation of an actual interview. The TV movie was called, _George Orwell: A Life In Pictures (2003)_, and was filmed 53 years after Orwell's death in 1950. Orwell is played by actor Chris Langham, and the interviewer by Rebecca Front. See more »


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Informative & Entertaining
30 January 2015 | by Richard SteeleSee all my reviews

Killswitch is an excellent film, managing to be both informative and entertaining, with superb pacing and a strong voice.

As "Food Inc." and "Inside Job" are to the food and financial industry, "Killswtich" is to the Internet. Arguing vociferously for a free and open internet, it pulls no punches on Republicans or Democrats, going after politcians and media giants with vengeance. Despite this fact, none of the film seems heavy handed, perhaps this is because soft-spoken sage, Harvard Constitutional Law Professor carries the film with an intellect that is difficult to argue against. The way the film is able to capture the intricate mentor/mentee relationship between Internet prodigy Aaron Swartz and Lessig takes the film to new heights. Without giving away the ending, let's just say the director took me on an emotional roller-coaster, that left me inspired by the end of the film. If you are looking for the film that successfully humanizes the Internet and will make you feel like doing whatever is necessary to protect it, this film is for you. I give it a 10/10.

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