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Thrilling and thought-provoking, Point and Shoot captures one man's fascinating -- if troublingly narcissistic -- "crash course in manhood."
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It isn't convincing.
The film dismayingly replicates VanDyke's blithe US-centric world view
In addition to being a knotty psychological portrait, this raises some tough questions about America's presence in the Middle East and the influence of social media on contemporary politics.
For better or worse, this is an affluent American's view of the world, and in the post-mortem interview segments, director Marshall Curry does little to broaden the conversation.
Point and Shoot is as much about the collective movement toward Me-ism as it is about VanDyke's assiduously self-crafted journey. Either way, it makes for a great story.
You could look at the movie simply as a remarkable adventure tale, but if there's a larger point, it's not crystal clear.
Despite the film's tendency to shy away from deeper questions of motivation, Curry's storytelling is well-structured and strangely compelling. I found myself rooting for Vandyke - and thanking my lucky stars that I was not in his place.
What makes the film worthwhile is that VanDyke realises he's self obsessed and reveals he wasn't alone in covering his own glory.
An OCD American's bold quest for manhood -- but why does it have to be filmed to count?
It turns a narcissist's homemade adventure videos into a fascinating hall of mirrors.
An account of an OCD American misfit whose desire to take up arms in a foreign land seems more driven by his self-proclaimed "crash course in manhood" than geopolitical conviction.
Marshall Curry's documentary is like a cross between The Motorcycle Diaries and Walter Mitty with some Lawrence of Arabia thrown in for good measure.
The strange tale of a man who wanders into the Middle East and becomes engaged in battle during the liberation of Libya. An unusual gentleman with an unbelievable tale.
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