The now defunct Internal Security Act of 1950 is used to ground the plot in a real world foundation. Under the authority of powers granted by Title II of the Act, Nixon sets up secret tribunals for trying and sentencing political radicals, black power activists, leftists, and draft dodgers. The story itself was interesting enough, but would have been much more suspenseful if the radicals weren’t so wimpy. 80/100
A very angry, uncompromising film dealing with fascistic tendencies in the American political system. The montage is intriguing and complex, the sound layer with its shooting and fighting sounds as well as the documentary radio messages contribute to this complexity.
Five minutes into the movie, you know how this is going to end, and being this predictable, it is rather boring. Also, they overdid the Cinéma vérité style slightly as documentaries of the time are never shot as amateurish as this. They could have built up so much more suspense with the actual storyline whereas portraying all policemen as sadistic losers, gives the whole thing a rather one dimensional feel.
Peter Watkins arrastra esa diléctica narrativa de sus primeros filmes, sobre ficciones hipotéticas que son documentadas simulando un tiempo real. El director ejerce un filme que se inclina al simulacro, uno que se infiltra entre la acción en un inicio de forma pasiva, pero luego activa. Esto último es propio de "Punishment park". El discurso es contestatario y literal. Es la denuncia frente a un compromiso coyuntural
Excuse me for cursing but fuck. This is perhaps the most brutal film i've ever watched. It is absolutely SCATHING on its critique on the American government & society and i'm not at all surprised to hear it was quickly swept under the star-spangled rug upon release. Clockwork Orange, Mad Max, Hunger Games dystopia stripped of artifice - raw mockumentary coupled with the dread that this could easily be today's world.