THE BRINK – Review by MaryAnn Johanson
At which point in the political- and cultural-shitshow cycle do we stand right now? If it’s winding down and we are about to begin the upswing back toward sanity (though I conceded there is no evidence of this), then this film could be an essential chronicle of one piece of the mess that got us here, a cautionary tale of one kind of vile bastard to keep an eye out for next time. For The Brink is a documentary portrait of Donald Trump’s propagandist, chief strategist, and architect of the “Muslim ban,” Steve Bannon… and perhaps a last-gasp attempt by its human-dumpster-fire subject to demonstrate his relevance and importance.
That might explain why he gave director Alison Klayman such free rein: she embedded herself, as a one-woman filmmaking crew, in Bannon’s life and work in the year leading up to the 2018 US midterm elections, with total access; Bannon had no creative input or control over the final product. Because he knew that this might be his last opportunity to be the center of attention, because he knew he had nothing to lose? Continue reading…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Brink is AWFJ’s Movie of the Week for March 21, 2019