Virunga Reviews

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November 20, 2018
"Virunga" crackles with excitement as much as incitement as it vividly allows the audience to experience the park rangers' struggle to preserve their country's fragile infrastructure firsthand.
July 3, 2018
It is a saddening look at the environmental consequences of corporate expansion and the innocent lives and creatures lost because of money.
July 3, 2018
The result is gorgeous and wrenching, the indelible chronicle of a impossible but essential fight.
July 3, 2018
With enough action, pathos, suspense, venal villains, stalwart heroes and endangered gorillas for a dozen fiction films, von Einsiedel's extraordinary documentary Virunga lays out the complex of deadly forces threatening the titular national park...
July 3, 2018
Virunga's biggest strength lies in never attempting to be one kind of documentary. There's an element of uncertainty, a sense of anxiety that one feels watching the film as at any moment it feels that something will go horribly wrong.
July 3, 2018
Powerful doc pairs naturalism with political turmoil.
June 6, 2016
Virunga is a potentially paradigm-shifting entry in the genre that deserves the kind of support and attention Blackfish and The Cove received.
March 2, 2016
Creates a startling and tense glimpse into what it feels like for the regular folk of the area when the militias come rolling in and mortars start exploding.
February 22, 2015
What makes von Einsiedel's film work so well is the human - and gorilla - face that he gives to the problem.
February 19, 2015
The publicity campaign has focused on the movie's beautiful and endlessly watchable gorillas, but director Orlando von Einseidel's film is more 'Citizenfour' than Animal Planet: It's not so much a wildlife lament as an activist expos.
February 18, 2015
This is not a nature documentary, though there are some beautiful scenes of wild spaces. This is war journalism, tense and upsetting.
December 8, 2014
An inspiring documentary about three Africans in the Congo who demonstrate compassion and heroism in the midst of chaos and civil war.
November 11, 2014
Outstanding but shattering docu set in war-torn Congo.
November 10, 2014
The conflict in the Congo, as depicted here, is more than your everyday fight. It's a war for the soul of this place, on powerful, urgent display.
November 7, 2014
A powerful documentary and gripping story, Virunga is a deftly-executed film that follows one of the most biologically diverse regions on Earth as violent militias and greedy companies look to take advantage of an unstable government.
November 6, 2014
Urgent investigative report and unforgettable drama, "Virunga" is a work of heart-wrenching tenderness and heart-stopping suspense.
November 6, 2014
"Virunga" wrenches a startlingly lucid narrative from a sickening web of bribery, corruption and violence.
November 4, 2014
The fights Virunga documents couldn't feel more urgent. This is one of the year's most compelling and important films.
November 4, 2014
It's a first-rate call to action, but also a thrilling piece of filmmaking.
November 3, 2014
This is muckraking journalism that moves confidently with the brio of an action thriller.
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