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Battle in Seattle (2008) 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… 2008-09-19 R PT111M Drama Andre Benjamin Woody Harrelson Charlize Theron Martin Henderson Ray Liotta Redwood Palms Pictures
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Battle in Seattle (2008)

MPAA Rating: R

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Battle in Seattle | POWER TO THE PEOPLE Charlize Theron stars in Battle in Seattle
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POWER TO THE PEOPLE Charlize Theron stars in Battle in Seattle
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Sep 19, 2008; Rated: R; Length: 111 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Andre Benjamin, Woody Harrelson and Charlize Theron; Distributor: Redwood Palms Pictures

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–

Originally posted Sep 24, 2008 Published in issue #1014 Oct 03, 2008 Order article reprints