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This is a lower tier documentary. It is like someone describing a football game he was in while showing you pictures of the stadium and players when it was over. Brandon, a white guy from Texas, becomes appalled that white communities post Katrina formed groups of vigilantes patrolling their own neighborhoods. He doesn't trust government, so he opts to help the Ninth Ward district on his own, because as a private citizen he can do more than FEMA and the Red Cross combined. Brandon is clearly not a rocket scientist. There are topographic reasons while this lower district should not be rebuild, i.e. it won't stay above water much longer, but to many people it is home, even those without gills.
Brandon attracts the attention of the FBI and agrees to play a snitch. He infiltrates a group of Austin anarchists who want to disrupt the GOP convention in St.Paul, a small group out of 1,000s of protestors. This group decides to cross the line on activism, something Brandon could have easily prevented being a role model, but he chose not to. Instead he allowed them to create a situation that needed to be stopped. Some call it patriotism, others call it entrapment. If a man starts a fire, then puts it out himself do we praise him as a firefighter or curse him for being an arson?
Being outed, Brandon has screwed his life up so much that the only people who would talk to him was the Tea Party, which seemed to mesh with his intellect and desire to destroy government from the right instead of the left.Read more ›
The NATO 3 case is very similar to a case during the 2008 Republican National Convention when a couple of young activists were arrested and sent to prison after creating some Molotov cocktails which they intended to use to damage empty police cars. In that case, the suspects were betrayed by an FBI informant who was a member of their activist group and acted as their mentor.
That informant, the infamous Brandon Darby, is the subject of this excellent documentary by Jamie Meltzer. In his review of Informant for his Vice blog, DJ Pangburn calls it an "unnecessary film" and a "failure of a documentary" charging that it merely provides Darby with a platform from which to spout his narratives. As Panburn puts it, "it's Brandon Darby's world, and we all are just living in it."
Kris Hermes, in his review on Huffington Post, makes the same complaint, that Meltzer allows Darby too much control of the film's narrative: "it's almost as if Darby decided one day to call up his friend Jamie Meltzer to let him know about a great movie idea." Allowing him a voice in yet another documentary, Hermes asserts, merely fortifies Darby's cult of personality
And they're right, the film is largely a mouthpiece for Darby (although it also provides context and tells the story through entertaining re-enactments and interviews). But that's also what makes the film so valuable -- not to mention just plain interesting.Read more ›
I would have liked to have seen more on what attracted Darby to Andrew Breitbart's Tea Party conservative populism. The irony that the so-called Tea Party is more in line with his original populist, anarchist, grassroots ideals than the Leftist power structures he came in contact with is a rich mine for, I hope, more analysis in future works.
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Excellent film about an FBI agent-provocateur who infiltrated left-wing activist groups in Austin, Texas and New Orleans. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Brad Rockwell
I really disliked this movie... the primary character's role in the movie changed often. Didn't seem to really have a plot... just randomly rambled on from one scene to another.... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Annie53