brando!’s review published on Letterboxd:
Southland Tales levels of modern social commentary told through the simpler cultural lens of a faux 18th century American settlement. before the rug is pulled we buy into all the fear, the unease, the comforting simplicty of the way this world operates as much as the characters themselves do. it's only at the end are we left reeling, questioning and prodding at the moral justification.
basically a film version of Plato's cave allegory but strikingly juxtaposed against the current culture of voluntary conscription to half-truths and misinformation for the sake of maintaining false hope, false innocence.
prescient as fuck, and in classic Shyamalan fashion, earnest and deeply heartfelt in its execution.