The Brink

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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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"The Brink" is an impeccably crafted verité ramble - an engaging and enraging, disturbing and highly revealing movie...

Feb 16, 2019 | Full Review…

A watchable overview with few explosive details, but plenty of reasons to root for his downfall, and some modicum of payoff.

Feb 1, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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What makes The Brink so different from just another platform for this professional troll? Though Klayman sticks to a largely vérité approach of following her subject around and observing his various interactions, she also provides important context.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Though it would surely be unwise for journalists to stop paying attention to his comings and goings, it's hard to see what ordinary viewers at any point on the political spectrum will gain from this particular status report.

Jan 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Somewhat revealing, occasionally damning, in the end it feels polished but incomplete.

Mar 12, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's difficult to pinpoint what exactly Klayman accomplishes with her film beyond a mere political horror show one can safely view from behind proverbial Plexiglas.

Feb 1, 2019 | Full Review…

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