A Dour Duo

Sea of Shadows and Firecrackers:


Sea of Shadows
The Cove by way of Sicario by way of Matthew Heineman. A kinetic blitz that provides an overview of a complicated, systematic web by spending time with its players and their various perspectives on the central sociopolitical issue.


Firecrackers
Fizzles with too few insights deeper than blanket acknowledgements that this level of misery exists in the world. The gun “game” near the end is the sort of visual, thematic, and experiential metaphor that cinematically contextualizes everything from poverty to the patriarchy in an evocative manner missing from the rest. Without sufficiently delving into the pain, it can feel too much like a movie’s reveling in suffering for suffering’s sake.

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