Monday, August 12, 2013

The Act of Killing (2012)

Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn
Features:  Anwars Congo, Haji Anif, Herman Koto
Language:Indonesian

A documentary that depicts the reenactment of the real-life mass-killings by former Indonesia death squad leaders in whatever cinematic styles they wish.

The film was made over six years from 2005-11. Werner Herzog served as the executive producer after seeing some preview shots. It doesn't deal with the politics of it but tries to show how ordinary men can do extraordinary things in the most sinister ways and lead a normal life if the society allow them to do so. They are still considered as heroes who excommunicated the communists. The film within the film is shot in a stylized and surreal way and by the end the protagonist kind of realize the horrors of what he had done. Plenty of people are put in ironic situations. It is really a very disturbing watch and further proof that real life can be far more stranger than fiction. A real life journey into the 'Heart of Darkness'.

Rating: 5/5