Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web
Directed by Annie Goldson
The larger-than-life story of Kim Dotcom, the "most wanted man online", is extraordinary enough, but the battle between Dotcom and the US Government and entertainment industry – being fought in New Zealand – is one that goes to the heart of ownership, privacy and piracy in the digital age.
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★★★½ review by Zac Barr on Letterboxd
That brief segment of the John Campbell interview had the entire audience laughing. I don't think I've heard an audience laugh so much in a documentary in ages.
I get the feeling this won't suit rewatches much, but as somebody who knew nothing about Kim Dotcom before this, it's ridiculously engrossing and worthwhile viewing.
★★★★ review by Sean Kelly on Letterboxd
Following previous documentaries, such as Downloaded and The Internet's Own Boy, stories such as the one told in Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web are starting to get somewhat repetitive. If anything, this documentary continues to demonstrate that lawmakers and copyright holders would rather made an example of someone, instead of finding a way to properly and legally utilize the technology.
★★★★ review by Jamie Ensor on Letterboxd
Insightful and balanced enough until the final title, where the film makes the ridiculous implication that John Key's resignation was connected to some conspiracy.
★★★★★ review by Bruno Rabello on Letterboxd
Para quem não conhece toda a história o doc tem ritmo de thriller, com várias reviravoltas. Para quem conhece, revela muito do personagem, expõe diversos pontos de vista e põe o dedo em questões cruciais.
★★★★ review by Rose 🌹 on Letterboxd
Kim Dotcom has always been kind of a mystery to me - I knew a little bit about his strange and unplausible early hacker days, and that his life as Megaupload tycoon was one of those weird tangled tales. I have to say that this documentary definitely helped to clear things up for me.
Which is kind of odd because the documentary itself is a little bit onesided - kind of similar to the Napster documentary Downloaded (2013). Despite the onesided approach, it kind of revealed what I was vaguely thinking of before: Kim was not really all that awesome as a computer outlaw, but definitely a showy entrepreneur with an overblowingly disruptive technology at completely wrong time. And things happened. Things keep happening. Weird dude.
The documentary itself is well-paced and, surprisingly, had a whole lot of good archive material. Very watchable. Liked it.
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