Patriot Acts | Chicago Reader

Patriot Acts

Experimental film and video makers speak the truth to power in this mixed bag of shorts. Lee Lanier's giddy Weapons of Mass Destruction uses goofy 3-D animation to illustrate punning political terms, and Aaron Valdez's hilarious State of the Union (1998) reduces a Clinton address to nothing but empty statistics and rapturous applause (a sequel featuring President Bush was unavailable for preview). This kooky preaching to the choir is no substitute for political insight, but there's something to be said for the disquieting abstraction and allusion of Kelly Reichardt's guilt-ridden Travis and Deborah Stratman's nightmarish Energy Country, both of which obliquely question the motives for the Iraq invasion. 97 min.

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