Film Revues

The Interrupters (2011) - dir. Steve James

A talking heads political documentary from Steve James (Hoop Dreams). While the Interrupters feels under control at all times, some of the rawness of the situations and the point James is trying to make seem to drift away. It’s a powerful situation, and certainly a topic that most know nothing of. James and his crew do a good job of letting the story tell itself, but there was a missed opportunity here - the film’s true star is Ameena Matthews, and it would’ve been terrific to shadow her alone, using the Violence Interrupters as a scaffold to structure her story around.

Still, if documentaries are your thing - this one’s certainly worth a watch.

6.8