This film does not aim at being judged as good or bad, but at questioning the resistance methods, even criticizing them. It was very problematic for me to see some of the activists talk about the US government violence in other countries like: Vietnam, and doesn't mention the handcuffs in his/her hands. One of the major cons in the activists' discourse since then is talking about the past crimes not the present ones.
A topical and well made movie still to this day. The movie however outstays it's welcome despite it's short running time since it's ideas and ideals are mercilessly hammered home in the first half hour. The rest is just filler unfortunately. Despite this it is worth a watch if you're into mockumentaries or movies with overt political agendas.
This film is grossly underrated. Anyone who cares about what is happening in the world or has a modicum of logical reasoning in their brains will find this moving beyond anything they've ever seen. Even if you're not involved socio-politically, you will find this piece powerful; it will shake your ideas of societal structure to the very core. For a film that was made in 1971, it still in 2010 has great social impact.
At times very powerful and very realistic.The trial scenes felt like I was watching a real trial. It was intense and scary! I think there were a few mixed messages though.Ex: one of the interrogations involved this 19 year old. She was talking about peace and love and then she said if she was in charge of the US that she would release all prisoners.huh? Contradictory much? Overall though a powerhouse of a film.