Taking Liberties Reviews
It was also well researched and almost well balanced (in terms of the difference in people interviewed - campaigners, politicians, human rights leaders, etc) for a documentary. And it was most certainly thought provoking, I don't think I'll be able to sleep for hours I'm that pent up over the state of the government right now.
I'd certainly recommend this documentary if you're interested in human rights and politics and I'd recommend it if you weren't. Even if it is not what you are really interested in it will still make you think and hopefully value your civil liberties that little bit more.
Focusing on the Terrorism Act of 2000, which was passed to ‚??protect‚?? the people of Britain, Atkins uses interviews with victims and people punnished for seemingly nothing. The cases brought up by Atkins are numorous, and are hard-hitting. From a bus-load of protesters being re-directed home, to the elderly ladies being arrested for being ‚??near‚?? (miles away) an American Base, the examples are clearly emotionally aimed, to strike at our cores and rouse the audience.
Which is the problem. Explicitly partisan, Atkins‚?? polemic gives little or no voice to its opponents and borders on agit-prop in its desire to expose. While it may expose, it offers no positive voice for its enemy, and the possible good actions the Act has had on our public safety in the UK.
The film is also flawed in the sense that it uses two narrators and some arguments are flawed, even with the edvidence before the audience.
However, despite this, the film serves as a calling-to-arms and the passion behind the film cannot be understated and the lack of slick, entertaining actually supports the film‚??s rawness. As such, while flawed, the impassioned, angry attitude of rebellion inspires, rather than denies.