The Reunited States – ★★✩✩✩ | Film Review

Ah, politics and people

Synopsis: The Reunited States is a powerful and urgent documentary that follows the unsung heroes on the difficult journey of bridging our political and racial divides.

Director: Ben Rekhi
Stars:Susan BroVan JonesDavid Leaverton

Certification: Not yet rated
Run Time: 1hr 24min

DaveOnFilm says: So let my caveat everything I am about to type with a confession, I hate American politics. I don’t get American politics, much in the same way I don’t get British politics. I never have and never will and that’s why I never have much to say on them. So putting the political slant on this film aside, I am going to struggle to review it. It’s a charged film. There feels like a lot of anger coming from behind the reasons for making it, something I never feel helps with a documentary style film. On one hand there’s weighing up of situations, on the other, the filmmakers can essentially push their own agenda.

There’s parts of The Reunited States which are horrific. The stories being told and the people that we meet on the journey around the USA are often gut-wrenching, but they are meant to be. We’re seeing a slanted perspective of a given situation and not an unbiased viewpoint.

That being said, the stuff with which we are presented, is put forward well. It’s watchable but I don’t particularly feel enlightened by anything in there. It’s nothing more than I see on Facebook on a Day-To-Day basis and that’s why I have had to score the film very much down the middle of the road. If you are watching this from a completely sympathetic viewpoint of the filmmakers, you’re going to get more from this than some others may gleam, but for me, my interest being low didn’t drive me to engage as much as I maybe should have done.

The Reunited States is out on DVD and Digital Download now


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