Alongside Errol Morris's equally chilling Standard Operating Procedure, this is the second documentary feature concerning abuse of power and military misconduct I've watched this summer. And both films really do complement each other. Where S.O.P. shed light on the personal circumstances surrounding the infamous events at Abu Ghraib prison, Taxi To The Dark Side takes a deeper look at how constellations like these came to be in the first place.
The film loosely follows the history of a young Afghan…
*** Part of Lise's "Hal’s Birthday – watch 2001 on Sat Jan 12 2013" project ***
Started watching around 22:00 CET. Consumed a moderate amount of a technically illegal but generally accepted recreational drug. Been several years since my last viewing, I was looking forward to it.
First thought during Dawn of Man sequence: "The history of Man is grand."
What if the monolith wasn't supposed to do anything, except being there? I mean, the mere existence of something…
Everything about this film is a lie. The characters are laughable, their motives absolutely incomprehensible. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character is dumber than a block of wood. The "twist" is a joke. The dialogue is atrocious. Everything that's supposed to be meaningful or empathetic feels manipulative and moronic. It fucking runs for nearly three hours!
It's a film's equivalent to this.