Under the Gun

Directed by Stephanie Soechtig

Starring Katie Couric and Ted Cruz

A look at the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre where 20 children were murdered at school by a crazed gunman, but lead to no changes in American gun laws.


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  • ★★★★½ review by Ken Rudolph on Letterboxd

    This documentary comprehensively takes on the NRA with statistics, interviews, superb graphics and incisive persuasiveness. The slick production values are impressive, the emotional power of its examples and interviews is more than effective. In a rational world this would be the coup de grace for the gun lobby, the film is that good. But the undercurrent throughout the film is that this is simply not a cause for rational debate since the powers that be have been systematically corrupted by the NRA. I guess the final message is that only by initiatives in various states will it be possible to get partial control over our firearms policies nationwide. As a moderate leftist and a Californian, I'll admit that the film is preaching to the choir in my case. Yet I guess I ended up feeling that no matter how effective and truthful the message is in a film with such a firmly stated and persuasive point of view, the dispiriting fact is that nothing is going to be achieved towards any kind of rational gun control in my lifetime. I ended up depressed. This documentary is simply too real for its own good.

  • ★★★★ review by Christian Alec on Letterboxd

    About once a week, my ultra-conservative uncle writes on Facebook about how they're (Obama mostly) are going to take away the guns.

    Well it's been 2692 days (as of this review) and that hasn't happened yet.

    I really liked this. I know it's been getting a lot of heat lately but I thought it was a very thought provoking and well informed documentary. I look at it as a sequel to Moore's Bowling for Columbine since the gun violence has seemed to escalate since those incidents. Even occurring with a close friend and their family.

  • ★★★★½ review by Screen-Space on Letterboxd

    "Under the Gun exists for those that do not have the network of Washington swamp dwellers who call LaPierre ‘friend’ or ‘contributor’..."

    Read the full review here: screen-space.squarespace.com/reviews/2017/2/15/under-the-gun.html

  • ★★★½ review by monsoons on Letterboxd

    While not particularly revelatory, Under The Gun is a well made, often infuriating look at gun violence and the NRA's grip on American policy. It features interviews from the families of victims of many recent shootings, and manages to maintain a strong narrative with these loose threads. It's unfortunately even more one-sided as Bowling for Columbine, but it's well informed and encompasses a surprising amount of the issue of gun violence as it exists in 2010s America.

  • ★★★★ review by Sean Kelly on Letterboxd

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    I will say that it is quite surreal watching a documentary about US gun culture as a Canadian, since there are stricter gun control laws in my country and four times less shootings. It is almost infuriating seeing the extremes that some gun lobbyists will go, such as opening carrying guns in their daily lives, believing it makes them safer. However, the truth is gun violence in the United States will not stop until there are stricter laws and Under the Gun reveals some scary truths about this fact.

    Blog Review: www.skonmovies.com/2016/04/hot-docs-2016-under-gun.html

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