In the 1960s and 1970s, the polarization of the political situation of the USA was becoming acute with the Vietnam War abroad and civil rights at home being but the most obvious issues. For the youth political movement, the seemingly ineffectual methods of peaceful protest and resistance led to the rise of an idealistic faction that want a more extreme approach that the Establishment could not ignore.
This faction, called the Weather Underground, attempted to team up with the Black Panthers to violently confront the US government that started with street riots and escalating to bombing government targets. Thorough archival footage and interviews of the veterans of both sides of this conflict, this film covers the resistance movement's campaign of selective violence through this period until changing times and disillusionment brought it to an end while the FBI used unethical and illegal methods to hasten it. (Written by Kenneth Chisholm @ imdb.com)
Excellent Documentary, 9 February 2004, 9/10
Author: ajeremy_3_33 ([email protected]) from Kentucky
Documentaries became in some way the alternative cinema of choice is 2003 with the financial success of films like Bowling for Columbine, Winged Migration, and Spellbound. These films were all able to translate their Academy Award nominations into dollars at the box office. Following suit is The Weather Underground, which just picked up a nomination is the category of best documentary feature. The film retraces the story of a group of radical 60's activists who decided to become militant. They executed a series of bombings on strategic targets across the United States in an attempt to start a revolution that would overthrow the government.
It is a rare film that does not cause escape from reality, but instead forces you to take a closer look at it. The Weather Underground does just that. It is not simply a look into a radical homeland terrorist group. Through interviews with group members who have nearly 20 years between them and their heinous actions, you obtain wisdom only enclosed in hindsight. The film is very simple in its execution; no fancy editing, no dramatic re-enactments, just the story as it was. The film is a timeless example of the power of truth, no frills attached.Overall Grade: A