| Original Score: 3/5
This thriller will inspire any leftie cells you might possess to stand up and cheer.
Perhaps I should just scrawl it on a placard: Battle in Seattle is an indie that deserves to stand out.
| Original Score: A-
This is a powerful, wrenching and impressive writing and directing debut for the talented actor, definitely now a triple showbiz threat.
It sheds much needed light on a mostly forgotten event in our country's history.
| Original Score: B
Townsend's efforts to be honest to the spirit of the event carry the film through its sloganeering and familiar backstage dramas.
| Original Score: B-
If current events hold, Battle in Seattle could look like prophecy as well as history.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Very ambitious, the story constantly jumps back and forth, trying to give both sides of the story. I'll say it's mostly successful.
| Original Score: 3/4
Braiding brief snippets of these automatically suspenseful storylines with archival video footage of the actual event, Townsend makes a good point that the thing just got away from all involved.
It's the next best thing to being there, in that it's likely to make shuddering viewers intensely glad that they weren't.
One strength is Barry Ackroyd's handheld-camera work, which deftly tracks the action but still captures the disorientation of those engulfed by the mayhem.
The result is not quite a documentary and not quite a drama, but interesting all the same.
It sounds like a bad TV movie, yet Stuart Townsend, the veteran actor-turned-director re-creates it all with stunning passion and skill in Battle in Seattle.
In the continued acceleration of doc and drama cross-breeding, the movie is adept at fleshing out opposing points of view leading to a city under siege, but setting the stage for a tad too impartial percolating political passions.
What the film lacks in artistry it makes up for in commitment.
Boiled down to its minerals, Battle in Seattle feels a lot more like The Poseidon Adventure (1972) than a thorough examination of the moment.
| Original Score: 57/100
Political ensemble drama is provocative, preachy.
A tense debut about the need for stern yet peaceful action when so many global frustrations are already primed to blow.
| Original Score: 3.5/5