Sunday, January 1, 2017

Now on Netflix: Killswitch (2014)

Killswitch (2014) - Directed by Ali Akbarzadeh.

By Kenny Howell

I have for sake of my health and anxiety checked out of politics the last couple of years.

I hover close enough to at least know what is going on and to be informed, but don't get so close that I am stressed out all the time. I have two kids. I already have enough to worry about.

So the idea of net neutrality and the battle to keep control among the people is one I don't know a ton about, but I know of it. I know it is an issue with a ton of gray area, which most political arguments live despite their fervent supporters ability to push it to away into black and white land.

Killswitch is close to that black and white land when it maybe could have stayed a bit more gray. It is propaganda (I am not meaning that as a negative word), because it has an agenda. It wants to keep the internet from any form of censorship, and feels the loss of that could cause some major problems.

I won't get into the politics of it because I think it is a very important conversation to have, and this isn't a political site. I am just looking this as a documentary work, and I think it could have gone into the other side of the argument a little deeper to further understand it. Maybe I am an optimist, but I don't think the other side is completely evil, even if I might disagree with it. I am sure there is some very intelligent people out there that have an argument for some form of censorship, and even if I wouldn't agree with them, it would be nice to hear where they are coming from. It may not exist, but I am sure there is an argument to be heard.

For its faults, Killswitch does do something very well and that is continue the conversation by diving into the history of how this battle came about. It is informative, even if that information comes mostly from one side. It did inspire me to seek out discussions on it to fully understand it, and on that level, Killswitch does its job. To keep Americans questioning what is going on, and really fighting against what they think is an injustice.

Killswitch is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: ***

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