Average Rating: 7.9/10
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Release Date: Jul 24, 2009 Wide
Average Rating: 3.8/5
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In the aftermath of the shooting of five Australian journalists in East Timor, a curious sixth named Roger East (Anthony LaPaglia) is convinced by charismatic acquaintance Jose Romas-Horta, a man who would prove to have a bright and influential future, to investigate the incident. Balibo is a political thriller and true-crime story based on 1975's Balibo Five executions and an ensuing 30-year cover-up. ~ Jonathan Frey, Rovi
Jul 24, 2009 Wide
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BALIBO is a gritty political thriller, based on a hardly spoken international incident which held strong repercussions in Australia, and is sure to hit a raw nerve upon its release.
This is as good as cinema gets - the story may be devastating but as a cinematic accomplishment, Balibo is something to be celebrated.
Despite Balibo's structural instability, Connolly still manages to find plenty of poignancy and to gather an emotional head of steam
Balibo is a strong film, and Connolly's best to date. Despite the plaudits of many of my fellow critics, it's not a perfect film...but it's a bloody good one.
Despite [the] drawbacks, Balibo still tells a very powerful story, one that needed to be told.
An incredible film with a well crafted script, beautiful cinematography and a touching story that exposes a deep anger and sorrow.
What makes Balibo essential viewing is that, on top of its past and present political significance, it also happens to be one of the most captivating and thrilling films in years.
The occasional misstep does not blunt this gripping thriller's impact. Or its fierce anger.
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