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      Risk

      2016, Documentary, 1h 24m

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      Risk poses knotty questions regarding documentary filmmaking ethics, but remains consistently compelling despite its flaws. Read critic reviews

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      Filmmaker Laura Poitras gains unprecedented access to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his team for six years.

      • Genre: Documentary

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Laura Poitras

      • Producer: Laura Poitras, Brenda Coughlin

      • Release Date (Theaters):  limited

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $197.6K

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      • Distributor: Showtime Documentary Films, Neon

      Cast & Crew

      Sam Esmail
      Michael Bloom
      Adam Pincus
      Charlotte Cook
      AJ Schnack
      Jess Search
      David Menschel
      Josh Braun
      Kirsten Johnson
      Melody London
      Laura Poitras
      Jeremy Flower

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      • May 13, 2017
        Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras won an Oscar for her 2014 film Citizenfour that followed Edward Snowden in his last hours as a free man. It was exciting, insightful, and had an exclusivity that made it a must-watch for a pertinent political issue. Apparently, she made that movie in between work she had already started on a feature documentary about Julian Assange and Wikileaks back in 2011. Risk, the finished product years in the making, is clearly no Citizenfour. The one selling point it has is its exclusivity, being trusted alongside Assange and recording all sorts of personal footage. Except what we end up getting is meaningless stuff like Assange getting a haircut and being interviewed by Lady Gaga. Strangely, the most compelling moments of the documentary occur off screen or are hastily cast aside in voice over by Poitras. The filmmaker herself was drawn into the story when she started having a sexual relationship with one of the head Wikileaks guys, a man who she later says was abusive to her friend and was accused of being sexually abusive to others. That angle should have been the focal point of the movie, a filmmaker acknowledging she's lost her objectivity and questioning the motives of the men who might have good ideals but not be good people. There aren't any new insights into Assange or Wikileaks or its fallout, and its connections to the 2016 presidential election hack, which would provide the film with a spark of relevancy, are haphazardly addressed in a truncated closing ten minutes. There really isn't a compelling reason for this documentary to exist, and the reasons it should have don't materialize. Go watch Alex Gibney's Wikileaks doc, or Poitras' own Citizenfour instead. Nate's Grade: C
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