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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.
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 ›
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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 on March 1, 2014 by Annie53
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