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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Daniel Roque's rating of the film Tower

    Rotoscoping animation doesn't always work right, but in 'Tower' it blends perfectly with the archive footage and the testimonials. Also, there aren't many documentaries with this amount of anxiety, thrill and commotion. Definitely a must-watch!

  2. Henrique Amud's rating of the film Tower

    It is not perfect and it does not present you the whole story or any kind of analysis, but in choosing to tell a restrained but detailed account straight from the mouth of some of the very people who lived it and then using rotoscoping to some gripping effect, Tower acomplished something that very few documentaries about old crimes can. It is at the same time horrendous and intoxicating.

  3. Meriç Aksu's rating of the film Tower

  4. Renton47's rating of the film Tower

    It might be a case of wrong time and film, but mostly the precision here translated to tedium, the layering of voices confirming a context rather than adding perspective. It's a thorough creation, but the voices, ensuring we hear what feels like 100 gun shots in the first 15 mins, are exhausting. All criticisms that in another mood might have read as praise.

  5. thelastronaut's rating of the film Tower

    Mixing newsreel, rotoscope animation, and eyewitness interviews made the story come alive in a way that, if done more traditionally, would have left the story feeling flat and historical. The style illuminated just how new the idea of a mass shooting was and how the inability to imagine it led to the stunned responses.

  6. pencils only's rating of the film Tower

  7. BernardoL's rating of the film Tower

    Way, way too long. Should have been a short doc. Also, no insight whatsoever into the killer and his motives.

  8. CarlosEsquives's rating of the film Tower

    Gran documental "Tower". Similar a Paul Greengrass, Maitland fabrica una narración gradual bajo múltiples testimonios sobre una masacre que emocionalmente va in crescendo. Al igual que "Crulic", otro documental animado, este filme alimenta la impotencia, en este caso, a propósito de una tragedia colectiva. Si bien es un bosquejo sobre la violencia injustificada, es también sobre la humanidad innata. Ello conmueve.

  9. rksw's rating of the film Tower

    when will the us be free of school shooting spree?

  10. Matthew Martens's rating of the film Tower

    An inevitably riveting story, but not an exceptional film. A serviceable one, though.

  11. RodrigoPereira's rating of the film Tower

    So done with these shooting biopics. Let's all move on to far more interesting topics than America's inability to control gun violence.

  12. MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Tower

    America: the land of serial killers and vigilantes, psychopaths and heroes. The cartoon aesthetics perfectly capture the madness of it all. Alas, Maitland does not provide any contextual info. As a frame-by-frame reconstruction, Tower lacks interpretation. Weak heuristics. The "It was an act of a lonely madman" explanation is an excuse. Wasn't the entire history of America written by a legion of lonely mad men?

  13. Viginti_tres's rating of the film Tower

    To call this a technical achievement is incorrect - technically it's more seam than material - instead I would say it's an act of sorcery. The Kaleidoscopic clashing of different animations (clear, jittery, colour and greyscale) and found footages, of acting and interviews, of real time and retrospective brings an uncanny immediacy to the events unfolding on the screen. ...

  14. Mario Tomchev's rating of the film Tower

    haunting story, original concept

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  16. Samuel Andrade's rating of the film Tower

  17. saitosouta's rating of the film Tower

    Through that blue sky alien comes. On the tower it shoots people to death and there is brutal landscape like western movie....“Tower” is a movie between real & unreal/reality & dream with slippery images of rotoscopy which has delicate touch like reality but surely different, telling us the truth of terror, bravery, vivid color of life and happiness now disappeared. Tough to watch yet amazing cinematic experience.

  18. msmichel's rating of the film Tower

    Maitland's documentary on the infamous '66 Texas clock tower shooting mixes archival footage, interview and rotoscopic animation capturing both the terror of the moment and the beginning of a phenomenon that rears its ugly head far too often. By keeping the focus on the ground with the victims and participants it does justice to those involved In giving no quarter to the assailant. One of the year's strongest docs.

  19. Ryan Swen's rating of the film Tower

    "What in the world has happened to my world?" In Cold Blood//You Are Here

  20. Jason's rating of the film Tower

    A historical event that traversed an emerging hyper-mediatized landscape. Dawn of the television age. We have some images. Captured and kept. But there is something at the heart of these early media events beneath the truncated archeology; the core of these experiences themselves. The experiences have a quality of the irreal. Precisely why the rotoscopy is the right choice. Too real to be assimilated as "reality."