Review: We Break Things

Posted By admin on April 7, 2015 2:25pm

By Alexia Amoriello.

We Break Things provides viewers with an intimate and in-depth look inside the hacker community. Director and producer Rebecca Wexler depicts these hackers in an intelligent and unbiased manner, revealing both the positive and negative effects of their actions. Regardless of how viewers feel about hackers, We Break Things will irrefutably inspire viewers to look at the hacker lifestyle from a new perspective.
Wexler’s documentary examines the hacker community by focusing on three different groups: the Pirate Party, Anonymous, and Telecomix. Within each of these groups, the film further explores the lives of three individuals: Stephen Urbach, Gregg Housh, and Meredith Patterson. As a result, We Break Things encapsulates multiple aspects of the hacker lifestyle by focusing on the individual, the group dynamic, and society as a whole.
The subject matter of the film is incredibly relevant and encourages viewers to reflect on modern society and the way in which these hackers have a significant social and political influence. As the hackers fight to protect the population’s digital civil liberties, We Break Things beckons viewers to contemplate important topics such as censorship and freedom of speech, especially within the context of modern technology.
We Break Things portrays the behavior of hackers both on and off the Internet, which parallels with the fact that the struggle to protect civil liberties in the digital age is a prominent issue that actually extends beyond the realm of technology. Wexler’s film makes it clear that what happens on the Internet has a widespread impact, these issues are not solely limited to the confines of cyberspace. The issues that We Break Things investigates are crucial, timely, and have an effect on the entire human population. Therefore, everyone has something to gain from watching Wexler’s documentary.
It is difficult to believe that Rebecca Wexler is a first-time filmmaker, as We Break Things is astoundingly professional and well structured. The fact that this is Wexler’s first film and a low budget production makes We Break Things all the more unbelievably impressive. The cinematography is impeccable and the film is engaging both visually and thematically.
Wexler’s film sheds light on a topic that is fascinating, significant, and relevant. We Break Things is an insightful and thought-provoking film that is absolutely spellbinding and contains profound ideas regarding technology, the future, and human rights.
We Break Things is an official selection of the New York City Independent Film Festival and will be shown during the festival on October 12-18, 2015.

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