We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists

2012

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists

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We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists is a documentary that takes us inside the world of Anonymous, the radical "hacktivist" collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age. The film explores the historical roots of early hacktivist groups like Cult of the Dead Cow and Electronic Disturbance Theater and then follows Anonymous from 4chan to a full-blown movement with a global reach, one of the most transformative of our time. -- (C) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (4)

  • The film is most illuminating in showing how democratic practice can still find a new voice and innovative means with each generation.

    October 18, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Former Frontline producer Brian Knappenberger's fascinating, incisive social history of the online network known as Anonymous ...

    October 16, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Strong, entertaining portrait of a hard-to-pin-down online phenomenon.

    October 16, 2012 | Full Review…
  • A cumulative feeling of urgency and you-are-there world-beating are key to the pic's seductive appeal, though lack of informed dissenting opinions reps an unfortunate editorial choice.

    October 16, 2012 | Full Review…

    Eddie Cockrell

    Variety
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  • I found myself inspired and smiling at the end of this film, having entered a secret world that I never knew anything about and walking away better informed and highly entertained.

    March 31, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A wildly engaging documentary that not only details the exploits of Anonymous, but also delves substantively inside the roots and culture of the group.

    February 10, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists

  • Jul 07, 2014
    Brilliant documentary on Anonymous, the Hacktivist group responsible for Civil Disobedience. This is a captivating film, a film that tells us a thoroughly entertaining story that we can get a clear understanding of the group's intentions and why they do this. Featuring interviews from its members, the documentary is a must watch and in terms of the documentary genre of film, this is one of the most stunning works as its subject is thoroughly captivating. I greatly enjoyed the film, and it's a riveting look at the group. I won't put my personal feelings on the group in the review, but I will say this, you can watch the film, and you definitely get a clear understanding of what they do, and decide for yourself if what they're doing is right or wrong. Even if you're for or against what they stand for, you have to agree that they have made an impact on the modern digital age. The film is well worth seeing, and as a documentary, it delivers a stunning portrait of it captivating subject matter. This in many ways is an important film because it tells us the story of one of today's most notorious groups, a film that delivers a thoroughly engaging look at a group that has a take no prisoners attitude towards free speech and other endeavors. Brilliant in showing that, it also shows different perspective on the group from within and outside as well. The film tells about the history of hackers, and it's a riveting, engaging and memorable film that is well worth your time if you're interested in the subject.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • May 19, 2014
    A good history and exploration of the rise of Anonymous and insight into the world of hacktivism, lulz and why you shouldn't piss off people with keyboards.
    Jon H Super Reviewer

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