The Weather Underground exceeded my expectations for a documentary piece about the sixties. For some reason, that era has never been an inspiration to me, and I always thought of it as a reign of anarchy, drugs, and promiscuity.
Then, I felt somewhat miserable for the people of that time. They had ideals, they fought against what they believed was evil and what restricted the people's innate desire for peace and self discovery. Because in my time, it seems that crude materialism is the perpetual force that motivates and satisfies. For this I am sorry.
I thought the directors, Bill Siegel and Sam Green, did an excellent job of incorporating the story of the political activist group the Weathermen during the Vietnam War, with commentary from the participants and leaders of the organization thirty years later.
The enthusiasm these heroes displayed was just contagious. I also valued the presentation of all sides involved in the conflict, from the activists themselves, to the bad FBI agent with the triple chin and dull facial expression; The people who today still criticize the group’s activities as being destructive, brainless, and unnecessary. To imagine the audacity of a group who believed they could overthrow the American government, only decadents would even think about it.
Well, they did not succeed. Their lonely revolution did not make the world a better place (maybe the US a little). But what really counts is the try and the belief that every person, every nation is entitled to the right to live in peace, and no tyranny should ever interfere with the pace or the creative power behind the human development.
4 / 5
Director: Sam Green, Bill Siegel
Staring: Lili Taylor, Pamela Z, Bernardine Dohm, Mark Rudd, Brian Flanagan, David Gilbert