The Brink

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The Brink won't change many minds about its subject, but it remains a compelling -- if perhaps difficult to watch -- look at a divisive ideological lightning rod.

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When Steve Bannon left his position as White House chief strategist less than a week after the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally in August 2017, he was already a notorious figure in Trump's inner circle, and for bringing a far-right ideology into the highest echelons of American politics. Unconstrained by an official post -- though some say he still has a direct line to the White House -- he became free to peddle influence as a perceived kingmaker, turning his controversial brand of nationalism into a global movement. THE BRINK follows Bannon through the 2018 mid-term elections in the United States, shedding light on his efforts to mobilize and unify far-right parties in order to win seats in the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections. To maintain his power and influence, the former Goldman Sachs banker and media investor reinvents himself -- as he has many times before -- this time as the self-appointed leader of a global populist movement. Keen manipulator of the press and gifted self-promoter, Bannon continues to draw headlines and protests wherever he goes, feeding the powerful myth on which his survival relies.

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  • With great pacing, shot selection, and storytelling mojo, Klayman delivers her political animal as chilling circus act - what could become the greatest showdown on earth, were Bannon to have his way.

    February 11, 2020 | Full Review…
  • There are no explicit wrongdoings on display, and while The Brink has a droll sense of humor at times, there's a pity in how it trudges through its subject's amorality.

    January 17, 2020 | Full Review…

    Matt Cipolla

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  • Editing is the best tool that [Alison] Klayman has at her disposal. Led by Brian Goetz, it draws out common themes and strands from the vast web of footage she accumulated.

    November 8, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • What's in this movie is very, very damning stuff.

    October 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • This is fascinating and horrifying at the same time. It leaves you kind of feeling sick.

    September 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A solid but unremarkable documentary that could have pushed back harder with some commentary from the director, Klayman.

    September 24, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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