The Act of Killing ★★★½

A remarkable documentary following gangsters who killed in the state-sanctioned slaughter of communists in 1965. The rationalization is chilling, as well as the eagerness to actually recreate those killing on film. The "Born Free" dance sequence made me laugh, not in humor, but in a "I can't believe what I'm seeing" kind of way. Yet the director astutely shows us these "glorified" sequences first without sound or in a muted, behind-the-scenes way which takes the glory out. When we are shown the scenes as intended by the gangsters, we see them for the sham they are.