L'ordre et la morale (Rebellion) Reviews

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February 13, 2019
An intelligent and slow-burning production, devised in such a way that the audience doesn't really take a side.
August 27, 2013
Sporadically exciting French action drama about a 1988 hostage crisis drags more often than it should.
April 21, 2013
An intelligent political drama, part thriller, part war movie, and informed by something of the anger against established authority that fuelled La Haine.
April 19, 2013
French actor-filmmaker Mathieu Kassovitz (Gothika) takes on a major event in his nation's colonial history with this true action-adventure set on the lush South Pacific island of New Caledonia.
April 19, 2013
It is clearly well-researched but not made with La Haine's flair.
April 18, 2013
The movie doesn't delve too deeply into the mentality of Legorjus or indeed anyone else, but it's a tense, involving tale of France's forgotten imperial trauma.
April 18, 2013
harrowing and gripping account of a horrifying true story.
April 18, 2013
Rebellion contains impressive cinematography and strong dialogue, and Mathieu Kassovitz shines as its director and star.
April 17, 2013
It's superbly structured and consistently suspenseful, offering keen insight into a conflict most of us won't even be aware of. Welcome back, Mathieu.
April 16, 2013
Kassovitz deftly negotiates the complexity of what happened but his sympathies clearly lie with the islanders in a politically-charged tale with an approach similar to the work of Costa-Gavras.
April 15, 2013
It gets bogged down in detail at times, but there's no mistaking its sense of injustice.
April 15, 2013
It's an absorbing political drama, eloquent and angry.
April 12, 2013
At a compassion-sapping 136 minutes, it's far too long, and Kassovitz's characterless central turn makes a worthy personal statement veer close to vanity project.
June 1, 2012
Rebellion walks the line between earnestness and self-righteousness, and in doing so unseats The Hurt Locker as the most affecting war drama of the century so far.
April 13, 2012
Rebellion is a rare piece of film making, a triumph from a director who has the skill, and the will, to commit his cinema to truth telling without compromise.
April 12, 2012
As a director, [Kassovitz] throws some great moves -- a sequence where a gendarme explains how the station was invaded is a kind of 360-degree whirl of memories brought back to life.
April 12, 2012
April 11, 2012
Kassovitz's examination of the compromises our leaders embrace to further their own slanted view of democracy is both vibrantly intelligent and entertaining.
April 11, 2012
There are few French films about France's role in her colonies, almost none set in this part of the world. This one makes some trenchant claims, in a powerfully direct story.
April 11, 2012
The dialogue tends to be declamatory on occasions, the characters are either black or white, no pun intended, and it's all a little bit earnest and overlong. But nevertheless, this is history at its most fascinating.
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