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Sundance 2019 Film Review: “Untouchable” (2019) ★★


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Miramax and The Weinstein Studios together have produced, in the last two decades, the best films possible. Despite all the controversies surrounding Harvey Weinstein and his ways, he remains a brilliant mind, yet one of the most vicious predators being exposed by the film industry. And the reason I did not mention Hollywood is because all these happen across the globe, and is not limited to Hollywood only. And as long as we all have the same understanding, we should be on the same page.

“Untouchable” revolves around an individual who used to identify himself as a sheriff in the town, the person who with the abuse of power, transferred the physical fore into a psychological one by forcing himself on actresses that were in search of work. Decades of harassment was finally exposed by the New Yorker and the New York Times, while the film offers a candid and sometimes emotionally charged testimony of victims that will make you relive the entire Weinstein scandal all over again.

While the movie tries hard to become one of the first important pieces that should give us more information about what Weinstein did and how, it was missing the strong anger that should have been all over the film. Only some parts of it made it feel painful and even disgusting, there’s no question about that.  However, director Ursula Macfarlane tries to capture Harvey Weinstein’s good sides through the black-and-white photos of Weinstein that could have been kept in the dark.

Cinematically, “Untouchable” is interesting to watch. Certain scenes are well-shot, and its beginning could not be any better. But unfortunately, certain details revealed in the film were somewhat strange and questionable, such as the payoff of $250,000 dollars in which the parties agreed to not disclose any sexual allegations. By doing that, one victim allows the same to be repeated again towards others, while the large sum, most likely, was spent with an open heart.

You see, the world needs to see the film that captures Harvey Weinstein’s dark side on full scale. Unfortunately, while Macfarlane tries to capture his monstrous side, it includes his perfect side as well, that at some point will make the viewer be more compassionate to him. And that is something which should never happen, and I hope won’t happen in the next documentary films that might come some time soon from a different storyteller.

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