Wednesday, November 19, 2014

E-Team Review

E-Team Review
There is a group of people out in this world, who specialize in investigating war-torn places. These people come from all walks of life and they come from a variety of different nations. These people belong to the Emergencies Team of the Human Rights Watch, an organization based out of (who guessed it) Geneva. Across this documentary, we get an expert look at the lives of the people on the E-Team, and just what it is they do.
 
I was hooked from the beginning of "E-Team," and I thought it was particularly creative how director(s) Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman chose to create their opening titles. The opening title sequences looks as if it came from an episode of "Homeland," a title sequence that could make James Bond fans envious. It makes you feel as if you are going to watch something cool, but I think "E-Team" is cool not in an "oh my God, did you see that" kind of way, but more in an "these people are awesome in their own way" kind of way. "E-Team" plunges viewers into the very delicate, very calculated life of the Emergencies team. We follow four people who have all been involved in inhumane world hotspots. From Kosovo, to Libya and to Syria. These people try to get to the bottom of a dictator or other party wrongfully killing innocent civilians.
 
What makes "E-Team" standout is how it doesn't try to push some kind of political statement onto you. Sure, there are several people who are featured on this documentary who would argue otherwise, but it is the truth. The Human Rights Watch is completely unbiased in its actions. Instead it thoroughly investigates a problem area, using any means necessary. There is one scene in the documentary, which takes place after Gadhafi was overthrown in Syria. What I found fascinating was that the E-Team investigated to make sure that the old regime didn't wrongfully kill innocents, and they did the same investigation for the rebels. They are clearly a group that carries no political agenda, and I liked how that was translated out in the movie. There were many parts of this documentary that reminded me of a classic episode of "Mission: Impossible." And no, I am not thinking of the Tom Cruise action vehicle, I am talking about the old 1960's show in which a group of agents worked as a team and use a wide array of resources to complete a mission, usually never resorting to violence. But I love how this organization does not take a political stance anywhere they go, they just care about other people. So does this documentary.
 
Netflix has become widely popular on its original content. After "The Battered Bastards of Baseball," I really began to believe that Netflix could be a platform to reason with as far as their documentary features go. "E-Team" is a highly absorbing experience, certainly will draw you in. It is an amazing look into a group trying to change the world for the better. And it is very much thought provoking.
 
FINAL GRADE: A-


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