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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  • What emerges from Klayman's film is how very important Brexit Britain is as a self-vivisecting research animal in Bannon's experimental thinking.

    Jul 12, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's not a film that's going to change minds, and it has been produced to be consumed by Bannon's enemies rather than his friends.

    Jul 11, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This is, at best, morally slippery film-making.

    Jun 3, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Aside from Bannon's own weird magnetism - it's fascinating to see the way he attracts some as strongly as he repulses others - there isn't much reason why this isn't a magazine article instead of a movie.

    Apr 12, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • With Klayman using the man's own words against him, Bannon comes off as a wallower in the mire.

    Apr 11, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • If the barest elements of political psychology and social pathology are suggested in the course of the film, they're undercut and banalized by the movie's homogenized aesthetic...

    Apr 5, 2019 | Full Review…

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