The Interrupters

"Excellent"

The Interrupters Review


This gripping and very long documentary traces a year in the life of a Chicago neighbourhood that's plagued by youth violence. And by focussing on charity workers working to interrupt the cycle, the film finds some real hope.

Gary Slutkin, a medical doctor who worked in Africa for 10 years fighting cholera and Aids, has applied the principles of epidemiology to tackling inner-city violence. His organisation CeaseFire hires former gang members as Violence Interrupters, working in the streets to encourage young people to stop killing each other. Ameena is the daughter of notorious gang leader Jeff Fort, Cobe was in and out of prison until having a son made him rethink his life, and Eddie is haunted by a murder he participated in at 17. All three are now making a positive difference in their communities.

Director James deploys a seamless fly-on-the-wall style, simply following these three workers into the streets where they talk with a variety of young people whose stories we also follow. There's 19-year-old Caprysha, who doesn't yet want to leave the drugs and violence behind. Latoya is in hiding from her duelling sons Kenneth and Bud. And the teenaged Mikey is just out of prison and determined not to end up back behind bars.

The urgent reality-show style of filmmaking puts us right in the middle of some remarkably intimate situations while really letting us get to know each person, Which acutely highlights the complexity of each situation. These children are being killed for no real reason, sparking gruesome revenge attacks. There's no thought about consequences, since surviving takes all of their attention. And the interrupters know that they walk a fine line: you can't mediate without confrontation.

The film touches on so many big issues that it's almost overwhelming. This isn't about addressing the causes of violence or gangs; it's about saving someone's life. It would certainly make an involving TV series, as this film follows both interrupters and the people they work with over the course of a year. And James' approach sharply captures the difficulty of the situation as well as a gritty and inspirational sense that perhaps the cycle can be broken one person at a time.



The Interrupters

Facts and Figures

Genre: Documentaries

Run time: 125 mins

In Theaters: Friday 12th August 2011

Box Office USA: $0.3M

Box Office Worldwide: $282.4 thousand

Distributed by: Cinema Guild

Production compaines: Kartemquin Films, Rise Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Fresh: 84

IMDB: 7.5 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , Alex Kotlowitz

Starring: Tio Hardiman as Himself, Ameena Matthews as Herself, Cobe Williams as Himself, Gary Slutkin as Himself, Caprysha Anderson as Herself, Eddie Bocanegra as Himself, "Lil' Mikey" Davis as Himself

Also starring:

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Colossal Movie Review

Colossal Movie Review

It's rare to find a movie that so defiantly refuses to be put into a...

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

It's unlikely that Guy Ritchie could make a boring movie if he wanted to. This...

Snatched Movie Review

Snatched Movie Review

It doesn't really matter that the script for this lively action-comedy is paper thin: teaming...

Jawbone Movie Review

Jawbone Movie Review

Boxing movies aren't usually this thoughtful. Sure, there are plenty of punchy moments in the...

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Scottish filmmaker Gillies MacKinnon (Hideous Kinky) remakes the 1949 Ealing comedy classic, although it's difficult...

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Master filmmaker Ridley Scott is back to continue the story 10 years after the events...

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

A fictionalised account of real events, this drama is reminiscent of Peter Morgan's work in...

Advertisement
Sleepless Movie Review

Sleepless Movie Review

In remaking the 2011 French thriller Sleepless Night, the filmmakers have dumbed down both the...

Unlocked Movie Review

Unlocked Movie Review

By injecting a steady sense of fun, this slick but mindless action thriller both holds...

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

A seriously impressive feature directing debut with a star-making central performance, this period British drama...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

It was never going to be easy to match the impact of 2014's Guardians of...

The Promise Movie Review

The Promise Movie Review

The director of Hotel Rwanda, Terry George, turns to another humanitarian horror: the systematic murder...

Their Finest Movie Review

Their Finest Movie Review

Skilfully written, directed and acted, this offbeat British period film tells a story that catches...

Unforgettable Movie Review

Unforgettable Movie Review

With heavy echoes of trashy thrillers like Fatal Attraction, this movie overcomes its painfully simplistic...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.