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Risk (2017)



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How much of your own life are you willing to risk? Laura Poitras, Academy Award winning director of CITIZENFOUR, returns with her most personal and intimate film to date. Filmed over six years, RISK is a complex and volatile character study that collides with a high stakes election year and its controversial aftermath. Cornered in a tiny building for half a decade, Julian Assange is undeterred even as the legal jeopardy he faces threatens to undermine the organization he leads and fracture the movement he inspired. Capturing this story with unprecedented access, Poitras finds herself caught between the motives and contradictions of Assange and his inner circle. In a new world order where a single keystroke can alter history, Risk is a portrait of power, betrayal, truth, and sacrifice.


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An insightful portrait.

May 19, 2016 | Full Review…
Hollywood Reporter
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Running a short 84 minutes, "Risk" offers considerable insights into Assange, but seems to omit as much as it reveals.

May 19, 2016 | Full Review…
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One couldn't claim Risk is an unqualified success but there are enough such highlights to compensate for the lack of cogency.

August 10, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Irish Times

The film makes a overwhelming case for Assange as a political prisoner. But Poitras doesn't yield to hagiography.

May 23, 2016 | Full Review…
Sight and Sound

Poitras's remarkable access inadvertently reveals Assange's arrogance to a greater extent than perhaps she realises.

May 22, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
London Evening Standard

[CANNES 2016] Knowledge is power, but in the modern age it is also fear. Free Julian Assange.

May 21, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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