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'Justice' Review: Doug Liman Doc Puts Spotlight on Brett Kavanaugh Hearings, But Disappointingly Little Reveals

The big news on opening day at Sundance was the addition of Justice, an investigative documentary that makes its first foray into Africa as the major league director Made famous by Doug Liman , the fictional filmmaking, in fact its existence has been kept secret for over a year, with all involved signing non-disclosure agreements. But for anyone paying attention to Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings and the disgraceful treatment of Christine Blasey Ford, they were in the early days of years in high school together, and there are few revelations here that come close to earth-shattering. Sure, the outrage still stings, but where’s the news?

After the film’s premiere, Liman and his producer and writer Amy Hedy spoke about hoping it might spark action and lead to a “real subpoena investigation.” But with Kavanaugh now serving the Supreme Court seat for life, it’s hard to imagine anything moving here.


Bottom line There is very little we don’t know.

Location : Sundance Film Festival (Special Screening) Director : Doug Liman Producer and Writer: Amy Heddy 1 hour minute

Those who find Ford’s testimony credible and appalled that she was bullied by Republican senators – not to mention Trump fanatics’ hate mail about her family’s safety And threats – will continue to be disgusted. Those who are willing to ignore the evidence that a evasive and outraged Kavanaugh is unfit to serve will maintain that view, albeit without much new fortification.

)Justice disproves most of the information that is already in the public domain, so its main purpose is probably as a record summary , despite a worker-like man blowing generally ominous music here and there to hint at machinations at the highest levels of government. a big surprise.

We don’t need to replay Donald Trump’s testimony mocking Ford at one of his rallies to remind the White House of the disrespect shown at the time throughout the process and by extension to all sexual assault of victims. The “boys are boys” dismissal is still reprehensible, as are the words of those who ask why ruin the entire career of someone who did something as a child. But none of this is new.

In this film’s favor, it does provide compelling context from clinical and forensic psychologists on how trauma-related memories work, not only adding to the believable Dufort’s allegations and those of a second plaintiff, Deborah Ramirez, who came forward during the nomination process and recounted Kavanaugh’s exposure to her while at Yale.

Ramirez appears extensively here, telling her story bravely and candidly. The fact that she was a triple minority at Yale, a white male-dominated university — a biracial woman who wasn’t from a wealthy family — makes her recalls of being humiliated at a drunken campus party all the more disturbing, Kavanaugh The cruel laughter still haunts her memory.

While Ronan Farrow’s New Yorker article reveals much of Ramirez’s experience, Liman’s film has a fair amount of Details suggest that Kavanaugh’s circle got in touch with other Yale alumni who were there at the time and intimidated them into keeping silent. Given that the chain of texts implying contacts with Kavanaugh predates the article by two months, the Supreme Court nominee appears to have perjured his testimony by claiming that Farrow’s article was the first he had heard of it. But again, is anyone really surprised by this?

What is even more unexpected is that Ford’s participation in Justice is limited to the opening scene, where she appears in part and asks Li Man about His ultimate goal for the project. Ford has gone through everything just to cover it up for Republicans determined to confirm Kavanaugh’s appointment at all costs, and it is perhaps only natural that she chooses to keep a cautious distance. Still, seeing Ford on the witness stand again, if nothing else, evokes a genuine irony about the proceedings, well, justice.

Liman and his investigative team do deserve credit for the extent to which the FBI is a puppet of the Trump administration, severely limiting their investigations, Ignored the vast majority of relevant information gathered through whistleblower hotlines, and provided only a handful of Kavanaugh-related documents to the white house. For example, it’s astonishing that no one tried to interview Ramirez or the other Yale alumni seen here who recall Kavanaugh’s guilt.

The most significant new piece of evidence the film uncovers is the testimony of Max Steele, a respected Washington independent and public service Founding President and CEO of The Partnership. While Steele did not appear on camera, he said in a recording that he witnessed Kavanaugh’s sexual misconduct during a drunken dorm party involving another woman who saw Ford being abused. chose to remain anonymous after the treatment. Once again, the FBI declined to follow up on Stier’s allegations.

But it wasn’t exactly a drastic reveal. Considering Justice was touted at Sundance as a powerful indictment of a corrupt system, it turned out to be a bit underwhelming. All Credits80

Venue: Sundance Film Festival (Special Screening) Production company: Double Down, in association with Story Syndicate Director: Doug Liman Producer and Writer: Amy Herdy

Executive Producers: Doug Liman, Liz Garbus, Dan Cogan

Director of Photography: Thaddeus Wadleigh

Music: Laura Kapman
Editors: Daniel Lawrence, Zara Serabian-Arthur, Esther Shubinski, Lyman Smith

1 hour minutes

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