THE KILLING OF AMERICA REVIEWED
“The Killing of America” feels like Faces of Death: Gun Violence Edition. While the material must’ve felt fresh in the early 1980s, so much of the archival footage and interviews feels like it came from an episode of Cold Case Files. Sure, the material gets graphic and violent fast. It’s just that a modern audience is having to approach it after decades of being slammed over the head with it. Violence is bad, guns kill people and society is on the edge of the cliff. We get it! Why should we care?
I get what the film’s creators were trying to do and it straddles that line between documentary and exploitation. The end result could’ve benefited from a history of repeat viewings. I brought up “Faces of Death” earlier to make the point. The people that get grossed out by Faces of Death knew about the movie’s hard-to-find existence and built the legend up in their heads. A fresh audience sees it and gets the gore factor. However, they can see worse on YouTube.
Impact is only measured by recognizable success. When you don’t have it, you just don’t have it.
- 1.33:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM 2.0