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No God, No Master (2014)

No God, No Master (2014)

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When a series of package bombs show up on the doorsteps of prominent politicians and businessmen in the summer of 1919, U.S. Bureau of Investigation Agent William Flynn (Strathairn) is assigned the task of finding those responsible. He becomes immersed in an investigation that uncovers an anarchist plot to destroy democracy. Based on true events of the 20's the film sets the stage for a timely drama with resoundingly similar parallels to the contemporary war on terrorism and the role government plays to defeat it. (C) Monterey Media

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Cast

David Strathairn
as William Flynn
Ray Wise
as Alexander Palmer
Sam Witwer
as Eugenio Ravarini
Alessandro Mario
as Bartolomeo Vanzetti
Edoardo Ballerini
as Carlo Tresca
James Madio
as Nicola Sacco
Mariana Klaveno
as Louise Berger
Sean McNall
as J. Edgar Hoover
Mariann Mayberry
as Emma Goldman
Andrea Grano
as Concetta Cafiero
Paul Iacono
as Tony Cafiero
David Darlow
as John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
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Critic Reviews for No God, No Master

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

No God, No Master has an authentic period feel. But Green is focused on so many historical figures and potential storylines that the film feels rushed and, at times, confusing.

April 24, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

[A] fairly engrossing historical drama.

April 24, 2014 | Full Review…

A film that probably should have been called "No Ambien? No Problem!"

April 10, 2014 | Full Review…

A series of issue-driven snapshots instead of something genuinely illuminating.

April 10, 2014 | Full Review…

Interesting politics done in by so-so filmmaking.

April 10, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Green is both a capable filmmaker and a clear history buff.

April 8, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for No God, No Master

No God, No Master is the sort of film that clearly has a lot to say, a lot of history to convey, yet struggles to do so effectively in a self-contained film. It's a period piece of historical merit, certainly, but also one plagued by a sort of routine by-the-numbers filmmaking that makes it less compelling than it should have been. Set in the summer of 1919, the film looks at the events following a series of packaged bombs sent to prominent politicians, industry men, and bankers. The ensuing terror unleashes the overzealous attorney general, Alexander Palmer, who subsequently orders the arrest and deportation of thousands of immigrants, termed the Palmer raids. The film clearly sees a parallel to our current situation today, with civil liberties coming under assault in the wake of hysteria arising out of terror. Like the film's protagonist, Agent William Flynn, the film argues for a more restrained, cool-headed approach. Agreed, but I was hoping it would be conveyed in a dramatically compelling way. Too often with No God, No Master, we feel as if we are being both preached to and lectured at, with dialogue making a point to constantly underline the historical significance. It is a fine line, to be sure, yet I felt the film was too conservative in its approach, despite some generally good performances, especially by David Stratharian. Overall, the direction was competent, the performances serviceable, and the story interesting. Yet the execution was lackluster, making it a so-so film. 3/5 Stars

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