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Civil War


“What kind of American are you? You don't know?”

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Alex Garland (Annihilation) journeys through the projected near-future heart of darkness, seen through the eyes of journalists chronicling the last days of the United States of America. Veteran combat photographer Lee (Kirsten Dunst) and her partner Joel (Wagner Moura) lead a small crew through the chaos of a civilisation on the verge of collapse, as dissident factions rebel against an authoritarian President (Nick Offerman) seeking to hold onto power. Documenting the escalating violence as it erupts around them, they attempt to reach Washington DC before the insurrectionist forces overwhelm the capitol in a bloody coup.

Civil War moves in ways you’d forgotten films of this scale could...as riveting as cinema gets”

The Telegraph UK

“A shock to the system...(Garland's) powerful vision leaves us shaken.”


“A provocative, thrilling monster of a movie that will sear itself into your eyeballs.”

The A.V. Club

Why You Should See This Film

Less of a post-apocalypse and more Apocalypse Now, Garland has crafted a disturbing glimpse into a possible future that foregrounds the role media plays in conflict. Dunst is phenomenal as the world-weary survivor keeping a lens between herself and the horror, with rising star Cailee Spaeny (Priscilla) providing a counterpoint as an eager, idealistic young photographer determined to prove herself. Garland's refusal to fully explain what "sides" are at war and what their motivations are makes what could be a heavy-handed political parable into something altogether more interesting: a study of the effect the relentless drive to document and report violence has on the observers themselves.

Alex Garland
Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura, Cailee Spaeny, Nick Offerman
109 minutes

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