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Civil War

Alex Garland | 2024 | 109 MINS
USA
A searing drama following a team of military-embedded war correspondents as they race against time to reach Washington DC before rebel factions descend upon the White House.

★★★★ The Guardian

In Detail

A near-future US has turned its anger against itself as civil war rages. The president (Nick Offerman), barricaded in the White House, rehearses for his televised address as he promises that the defeat of the rebels is imminent: “Some are already calling it the greatest victory in the history of mankind,” with an obvious nod to Trumpian rhetoric.

Four journalists are on a mission to reach DC to interview and photograph the president. Lee (Kirsten Dunst) is numb and cooly professional, any softness in her personality long since shuttered; thrill-seeking Joel (Wagner Moura) is more gung-ho in his approach. Although elderly and out of shape, Sammy (Stephen McKinley Henderson) can’t countenance the idea of retiring. Jessie (Cailee Spaeny) is horrified and terrified but has never felt so alive. British writer/director Alex Garland (‘Sunshine’) chillingly captures the terrible, self-perpetuating momentum of war. A war that, in this case, has reached the point at which people no longer know what they are fighting for, only that they are fighting. This is an effective piece of filmmaking. Is it a cautionary tale? An incitement for revolution? It all depends on your perspective.

Please note that this film has been flagged with a warning for those with photosensitive epilepsy.

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