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.
★★★½ review by Citizen_K on Letterboxd
In an age where crooks run the show we're forced to pick which crook to back in the horse race, thus the notoreity of Kim Dotcom (nee Schmitz), an unlikely folk hero, a homely nerd who built an empire on internet crookery but then brilliantly parlayed it into a cause celebre for the privacy rights of world citizens. In the oligarchic age where corporations run the governments along with the paramilitary/spy apparatus at their disposal to preserve their economic monopolies, Dotcom became a latter-day Rob Roy, a status that does not mean he is an angel by any means, but who is certainly one of the most charming public figures to skirt the law since Al Capone. This mostly excellent documentary done with confident pacing tells the story of a lad who went from a small-time hackery operation selling forged phone cards to the Grand Poobah of internet piracy as the brains behind Megaupload, and in its course addresses the corruption and hypocrisy of the established power elites who bend the laws to suit their own purposes. It's mainly a battle of gangsters against gangsters, and, as we saw in the last American presidential election, people are so desperate and tired of it that they elected a demonstrably awful con man as a roll of the dice. After the documentary was made, Dotcom won a major court case, but you can read all about that on Wikipedia. The documentary is not perfect, and does skate over Dotcom's legal troubles in Hong Kong. I'm not sure if that is by design to puff up Dotcom, since the documentary is unabashedly pro-Dotcom, or at least in favor of the privacy causes he purports to represent. His battle against the New Zealand Prime Minister is more fun to watch than anything in the Star Wars franchise. I highly recommend this. (-K)
★★★★ review by Simon Lang on Letterboxd
This documentary about the Internet entrepreneur and hacker king Kim Dotcom is an enthralling thriller about fame, greed, megalomania and copyright issues in the era of the internet. Hate him or love him, but this guy is just fascinating to listen to and he has tons of charisma.
★★★★ 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 marshi on Letterboxd
Good doc, especially interesting if you’re interested in politics, privacy, piracy, and internet stuff.
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