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Only intermittently effective despite its powerful subject matter.
Rarely has the gulf between relevance of subject matter and ineptitude of execution been greater than it is in Ezra.
Since the movie, however infuriating, is a plea for mercy, the audience is compelled to forgive Ezra its often jittery and confusing overlaps.
Ezra is a scorching portrait of an African child who is kidnapped and turned into a soldier for a rebel militia.
An intelligent, if raw, work.
The film is awash with good intentions, and the actual atrocities are vividly depicted and chilling... but the film loses its momentum when it attempts to analyze the evils of poverty, anarchy and violence.
Less a catalog of horrors than how a child soldier and his community can pick up the pieces after war, with fictionalized sentimentality, but powerful and passionate
Clear-eyed and without aiming for the emotional jugular, Ezra goes well beyond geography, politics and ethnicity... to explore the psychological toll on young people caught in violent situations not of their making and beyond their understanding.
A taut film detailing the psychological warfare used to control child soldiers who fill the ranks of rebel armies in Africa.
Newton I. Aduaka's comprehensive account of an African nightmare covers a lot of important ground, making this flawed film worth seeing.
Despite some strategic errors, director Newton I. Aduaka uses documentary techniques to inform a challenging and disturbing subject.
borders on being something immensely powerful, and then, as if shy or ashamed of its promise, flips its wig and falls back on convention.
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