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Taking Liberties

Taking Liberties (2007)

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Filmmaker Chris Atkins uses his documentary Taking Liberties to make a case for the erosion of civil liberties in the administration of prime minister Tony Blair. Atkins uses a combination of archival and interview footage to reveals a series of heinous injustices carried out against British citizens, from unlawful imprisonment, to outrageous terrorism accusations, to punishment by torture and outlawed protests. Highlights include Jack Straw's negotiations with the United States that yielded an

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'Taking Liberties' seems designed as a campaign aid and intended - in its careful exclusion of over-heated or passionate voices - as a putative appeal to slumbering Middle England.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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"The most important film of the decade", this calls itself, though "most self-righteous" might be closer to the truth.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

We are the checks and balances on government, and while a slightly more restrained, finessed film may have carried that message more effectively, Taking Liberties will inspire many viewers to reconsider their responsibilities and those of their government

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Speaking out against the proposed identity card scheme, Taking Liberties is both a call to action and a warning against a future where the current restrictions escalate into a Big Brother society.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

The film plays like an absurdist drama set in a state that more closely resembles Zimbabwe than the home of freedom. Watch it and get angry

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Though its arguments are somewhat woolly and its use of dual narrators (David Morrissey, Ashley Jensen) dubious, this remains a powerful call-to-arms against an insidious foe.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Audience Reviews for Taking Liberties

A brilliantly researched and produced documentary about erosion of civil liberties under New Labour. Unfortunately all the right people aren't going to see this, and those who do will just be put off by all the peaceniks at the start of the film.
June 6, 2007
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