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Although not exactly even-handed, the movie proves a deft look at a reluctant crusader and how financial sway and political override can so effectively trump the power of the average citizen.
Hawley and Galinsky, a longtime wife-and-husband documentary team, bring real suspense to the story, culled from many hundreds of hours of footage.
A battle ordinarily requires two sides, yet this earnest, ungracefully reconstructed saga posits that opposition to the building of the New Jersey Nets' future home took place in a virtual vacuum, and that the fix was in from the start.
Spins a compelling tale about the value of individual and collective resistance, even as it makes clear where power in our society really resides.
Brings us inside the lives it touches.
Not exactly inspiring.
Battle for Brooklyn earns its epic-sounding title, building, block by block, a sturdy, gritty little film about the impassioned fight to ensure development's directed by the local people and for the local people, not by a few overlords above all.
'A movie with a narrative' woven along a personal thread, Battle for Brooklyn squeezes drama even out of that person's repeatedly clicking a monitor 'refresh.'
It's a familiar story, but that doesn't make it any easier to swallow.
Battle For Brooklyn is a telling snapshot of (offscreen) political maneuvering, and the tossed-around wrecking-ball weight of corporate might as it relates to individual rights.
A powerful and surprisingly moving film about an important and little-reflected-upon topic; a telling snapshot of political maneuvering, and the tossed-around wrecking-ball weight of corporate might as it relates to individual rights.
If you're a New Yorker, it's a mesmerizing story and for the most part Battle For Brooklyn, provides an engrossing history lesson on this controversial project.
Although we follow the point of view of those who oppose a development which arguably would provide new opportunities for Brooklyn residents, the viewer remains on the fence as the debate unfolds as to what is best for a community. It also shines a light on the mega project which is such a popular way to spur economic development but which can often have results that are significantly less than anticipated.
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