Battle in Seattle (2008)

My Rating: 5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Historic, Engaging and Immersive. A brilliant work of chaos!”

Actor Stuart Townsend (HEAD IN THE CLOUDS) makes an accomplished writing and directing debut with BATTLE IN SEATTLE, a fictionalized account of the 1999 World Trade Organization (WTO) meetings and protests in Seattle. After a lightning-quick lesson in WTO history and growing globalization concerns, we meet a cross-section of concerned individuals who will be affected by the events to come.

Battle in SeattleThese include hopeful activists (Martin Henderson and Michelle Rodriguez), a popular TV reporter (Connie Nielsen), a local police officer and his pregnant wife (Woody Harrelson and Charlize Theron), and a doctor anxious to raise AIDS awareness (Rade Serbedzija) at the meetings. We also meet Mayor Tobin of Seattle (Ray Liotta), who initially works with protestors to ensure peaceful demonstrations and a successful WTO conference.

Battle in SeattleBut when the demonstrators shut down the conference, and anarchists begin vandalizing the city, the mayor and police are pressured to make their own show of force. In the ensuing chaos and violence the different characters are forced to confront their convictions and motivations. Some will take sides with the protestors, some will be irrevocably changed, and some will find the strength to ensure that all voices are heard by the WTO.

Battle in SeattleMixing actual footage and multiple fictional storylines, Townsend’s ambitious effort pays off in evenly addressing matters of both global importance and personal resonance. Filled with excellent performances and a message of cautious optimism, BATTLE IN SEATTLE is also quick to remind us that we need such upheavals to bring us together and get our world on a positive path.

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Posted on December 25, 2009, in Drama, Thriller, True Stories. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Torkel Stålhand

    THanks a mill for this one. Nice cast and great feel to it. I haven’t heard of it before and it feels extremely valid now for me here in Copenhagen after COP15. Things are moving in the right direction in the streets in any case even if not in the big boys rooms!

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