Taking Liberties

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Filmmaker Chris Atkins uses his documentary Taking Liberties to make a case for the erosion of civil liberties in the administration of prime minister Tony Blair. Atkins uses a combination of archival and interview footage to reveals a series of heinous injustices carried out against British citizens, from unlawful imprisonment, to outrageous terrorism accusations, to punishment by torture and outlawed protests. Highlights include Jack Straw's negotiations with the United States that yielded an unfavorable balance of extraditing power in favor of the U.S., and Walter Wolfgang's arrest, under the blanket of terrorism, for heckling a Labour Party conference. Original animated sequences link individual the segments, narrated by Ashley Jensen. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Taking Liberties

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (1)

  • Speaking out against the proposed identity card scheme, Taking Liberties is both a call to action and a warning against a future where the current restrictions escalate into a Big Brother society.

    Jun 8, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Top Critic
  • 'Taking Liberties' seems designed as a campaign aid and intended - in its careful exclusion of over-heated or passionate voices - as a putative appeal to slumbering Middle England.

    Jun 8, 2007 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • "The most important film of the decade", this calls itself, though "most self-righteous" might be closer to the truth.

    Jun 8, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • We are the checks and balances on government, and while a slightly more restrained, finessed film may have carried that message more effectively, Taking Liberties will inspire many viewers to reconsider their responsibilities and those of their government

    Jun 8, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The film plays like an absurdist drama set in a state that more closely resembles Zimbabwe than the home of freedom. Watch it and get angry

    Jun 8, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Though its arguments are somewhat woolly and its use of dual narrators (David Morrissey, Ashley Jensen) dubious, this remains a powerful call-to-arms against an insidious foe.

    Jun 8, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Taking Liberties

  • Jun 05, 2007
    A brilliantly researched and produced documentary about erosion of civil liberties under New Labour. Unfortunately all the right people aren't going to see this, and those who do will just be put off by all the peaceniks at the start of the film.
    Ross C Super Reviewer

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