Ed Araquel
Owen Gleiberman
September 24, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Battle in Seattle

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
111 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/19/08
performer
Andre Benjamin, Woody Harrelson, Charlize Theron, Martin Henderson, Ray Liotta
director
Stuart Townsend
distributor
Redwood Palms Pictures
author
Stuart Townsend
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

It sounds like a bad TV movie: a drama based on the protests that halted the 1999 World Trade Organization summit in Seattle. Yet Stuart Townsend, the veteran actor-turned-director (he’s also the boyfriend of Charlize Theron, who costars), re-creates it all with stunning passion and skill in Battle in Seattle. His staging has a tumult, a multi-POV immediacy that brings to mind Paul Greengrass’ Bloody Sunday. The movie captures the idealism of the anti-WTO agitators, the anxiety of the cops, and the smugness of the anarchists who made the protest violent. A?

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