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8 Ratings

Breaking a Monster

Directed by Luke Meyer
United States, 2014


Breaking a Monster chronicles the break-out year of the band UNLOCKING THE TRUTH, following 13-year-old members Alec Atkins, Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins as they first encounter …

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Breaking a Monster Directed by Luke Meyer
It’s easy to see why the band racked up YouTube views in the millions: the mix of technically accomplished high-tempo riffs, and huggable young people acting committed rather than diffident, is certainly attention-grabbing. It’s a bit harder to see how any of that necessarily leads to a $1.8 million Sony contract, and Breaking a Monster earns its potency from settling into that uncanny valley between a striking proposition and a business plan—between child’s play and grown-up business.
June 23, 2016
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There’s more than one scene in “Breaking a Monster” — Luke Meyer’s patchily revelatory documentary about the Brooklyn heavy-metal band Unlocking the Truth — that could make viewers uncomfortable.
June 23, 2016
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They’re still thirteen-year-olds, which leads to Breaking a Monster’s funniest moments: one of the boys proclaiming that his current girlfriend, while not his first, is definitely his best; their manager telling someone on the phone that the three kids all love L.A. because it reminds them of the latest Grand Theft Auto game.
June 21, 2016
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