Get the Picture

Get the Picture

The subject matter of Get the Picture pretty much guarantees it a certain intensity.

A reporter and a photographer are taken to a war zone by whatever faction is running things, and shown the devastation caused by some rival group. After shooting pictures of the dead and dying in the rubble, they are brought face-to-face with a summary execution of the alleged perpetrators of the attack that caused this damage and bloodshed.

This generates a controversy between them, as one just detaches from the scene entirely and becomes a pure observer continually taking pictures (even of an enraged soldier pointing a gun at his face). The other insists they think about how their very presence and participation is shaping events, how this execution is intended to send a certain message, and thus if they don’t cooperate it’s possible these men won’t be shot at all.

The problem is it’s only nine minutes long, so they really can’t delve into this stuff very deeply. There’s no time for much more to happen beyond what I summarized in two paragraphs.

But relative to its modest length, it’s decent. Get the Picture is worth seeing and thinking about.

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