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Film Review: Civil War 美帝崩裂 (2024) - USA

Andrew Chan

Film Review: Civil War 美帝崩裂 (2024) - USA

Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)


“Civil War” is a dystopian thriller film written and directed by Alex Garland. Garland's thought-provoking and intelligent script is the backbone of this captivating movie, exploring the depths of the human condition and delivering a powerful message about the pursuit of truth and the state of the world. The film cleverly wraps these themes within an ironic parody, creating a unique and engaging cinematic experience.

The ensemble cast, including Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura, Cailee Spaeny, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Sonoya Mizuno, and Nick Offerman, delivers commendable performances that add depth and authenticity to their characters. Dunst shines as a determined journalist wrestling with her own biases, while Moura brings an intense presence to his role as a rebel leader. Their chemistry, along with the rest of the cast, enhances the emotional resonance of the film.

Garland's script challenges the audience to reflect on their own beliefs and raises important questions about truth, loyalty, and the consequences of actions. The narrative takes place in a near-future United States engulfed in a civil war, serving as a cautionary tale about the dangers of unchecked authority and the impact of societal division.

Visually, Civil War is a treat for the eyes. The cinematography captures the desolate landscapes and war-torn environments with precision, creating a bleak and atmospheric backdrop that intensifies the film's tension. The production design and visual effects contribute to the immersive world-building, enhancing the overall viewing experience.


Overall, Civil War is a must-watch for those seeking a thought-provoking and intelligent thriller that challenges perspectives and sparks meaningful reflection. With its smart script, strong performances, and skillful blend of suspense and social commentary, it solidifies Alex Garland's reputation.


I rated it 8/10


Reviewed in Cinemas, Hong Kong

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