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 Latinovicz on Letterboxd
What am I doing with my life? pt.2
★★★★★ review by Matt Barca on Letterboxd
MIFF 2017 Film #64:
An important figure in the Internet age, certainly one of the most notorious. Something he always wanted to be.
At 108 minutes, it’s one of the longer documentaries I’m seeing this year at MIFF.
Dotcom’s busy life in recent years justifies that length.
It’s told with specific facts & occasional good humour.
Much of the latter is unintentional, due to comments from an MPAA spokesman & a dude from Time Warner explaining their self-serving views on Dotcom's now-deceased file sharing site Megaupload.
Quite a bit of time is spent on Dotcom’s effect on NZ police & political landscape, before & during his run for political office with his creation of The Internet Party in 2014.
I’ve followed the news about Kim Dotcom for many years & I came away from this film with a greater understanding of him & the events surrounding him.
What more could you ask from a documentary!
Go see it.
I asked director Annie Goldson some questions in the Q&A after the screening.
She got involved during the early days of Dotcom’s creation of The Internet Party. This was a good time, as you can’t run for office without talking to the media, at least a little bit.
The editing process began very early & lasted for a year(!). It was made more juicy & more difficult when Mr. Dotcom opened up his archives to her in 2016. A big ego equals a lot of personal video material!
Her end point was chosen as the court cases started to wrap up. She figured that some end title cards could be added, should additional things happen towards the end of the edit. Smart.
★★★½ review by Sascha Nolte on Letterboxd
Durchaus ausführliches Porträt, welches mir ein wenig zusehr auf der Seite des Herrn Schmitz steht. Trotzdem sehenswert, wenn auch ein wenig lang.
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