#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – “Punishment Park” is a pseudo-documentary purporting to be a film crews’s news coverage of the team of soldiers escorting a group of hippies, draft dodgers, and anti-establishment types across the desert in a type of capture the flag game. The soldiers vow not to interfere with the rebels’ progress and merely shepherd them along to their destination. At that point, having obtained their goal, they will be released. The film crew’s coverage is meant to insure that the military’s intentions are honorable. As the representatives of the 60’s counter-culture get nearer to passing this arbitrary test, the soldiers become increasingly hostile, attempting to force the hippies out of their pacifist behavior. A lot of this film appears improvised and in several scenes real tempers seem to flare as some of the “acting” got overaggressive. This is a interesting exercise in situational ethics. The cinéma vérité style, hand-held camera, and ambiguous demands of the director – would the actors be able to maintain their roles given the hazing they were taking – pushed some to the brink. The cast’s emotions are clearly on the surface. Unfortunately this film has gone completely underground and is next to impossible to find. It would offer a captivating document of the distrust that existed between soldiers willfully serving in the military and those persons who opposed the war peacefully.
Plot: In this fictional documentary, U.S. prisons are at capacity, and President Nixon declares a state of emergency. All new prisoners, most of whom are connected to the antiwar movement, are now given the choice of jail time or spending three days in Punishment Park, where they will be hunted for sport by federal authorities. The prisoners invariably choose the latter option, but learn that, between the desert heat and the brutal police officers, their chances of survival are slim.
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another chillingly accurate depiction of days of future present from Watkins
You can’t watch a film like Peter Watkins’ “Privilege,” a story of the exploitation of a pop music performer by big business, the state, and even organized religion, without thinking of creatively degenerate commodities like Michael Jackson or Britney Spears, who hawk corporate giants like Pepsi or some other poison for money. Or any number of entertainers, in music or movies, who become tools of political parties or commercial religious interests like Scientology and Kabbalah. A film like Privilege must have seemed almost like science fiction when released in 1967, so fantastic was its premise. Today we tend to take celebrity endorsements for granted, giving little thought to its more alarming implications. Watkins’ vision has not only become reality, we tacitly accept this reality as “normal.”
Now consider Punishment Park. As Privilege challenges the viewer to examine what is being sold to us, and why, Punishment Park demands that we reckon with what is being taken from us, and why.
Heaven help America, and for that matter the world, if contemporary politicians get their hands on this film. It is already so close to reality, that in viewing it recently, I experienced a genuine, nauseating feeling of anxiety.
Watkins again skillfully employs a documentary-style narrative. Whereas in Privilege some rough edges to this technique were apparent, in Punishment Park it has been honed to sharp, seamless perfection. The sense of realism is enhanced by disarmingly unpretentious, economical, believable portrayals by the entire cast. This is the kind of acting Hollywood has completely turned its back on, to its detriment, in favor of cosmetically perfect image projections. The cast has first-rate material to work with in Watkins’ screenplay.
Many cinematic visionaries have tried to shake the viewer out of their complacent, false sense of security. No one has ever achieved this result with such stark and chilling accuracy as Peter Watkins does here.
“What seems quite clear now, is that instead of trying to bring the estranged and excluded Americans, such as these people, back into the national community, the Administration has chosen to accept and exploit the present division within the country, and to side with what it considers is the majority. Instead of the politics of reconciliation, it has chosen the politics of polarization.”
To paraphrase one of the characters, we don’t have to call them pigs because they know what they are. Better than we do.
This is a very hard review to write, because this is a very hard movie to watch. There’s so many different ways to take it, and unfortunately it forces you to take it a particular way even if you don’t want to.
Punishment Park is about extremes, rightists versus leftists and the destruction inherent. Two camps of protesters are put together, the violent and the nonviolent, and both are punished together by being forced to trek 50+ miles through Death Valley in the middle of summer without water… if they fail, they die. If they succeed… well…
The thing is that this movie is hateful. It’s utterly predictable, but not in that way where it’s condescending or stupidly written, but in that terrible way where you know what’s going to happen and don’t want to see it, but do. It’s entirely a “necessary” product, one that HAD to have been made during the era it was, and unfortunately one that HAS to exist, even if it’s simply a terrible experience.
What angers me so much about it is that it proves itself. The way it’s a pseudo-documentary and it’s vastly leftist politics makes it almost insulting, makes you want to just ignore it as the ranting of a zealot. If the people are in the desert, for instance, with a camera crew nearby, why aren’t they asking the camera crew for water? And once they start to get desperate, how come they never attack the camera crew? Major difficulty in a movie where the director speaks.
Besides, the alien looking extreme rightists in this movie are almost laughably caricaturistic, making one really feel preached to. This movie seems to beg us to not believe it, to feel incredulous that such levels exist.
Yet the movie “exists” as it “actually happened” because of people’s treatment of it. It was banned in England, pretty much not allowed release in America, and got very little release in very little places. The credits roll, and the director/narrator points out that at least one of his crew was subsequently imprisoned. The treatment of this movie by those in power profoundly reinforces its themes, which is terrible because its themes shouldn’t exist.
And then I’d love to say that this film should now be forgotten considering the by-gone era, but noooooo!! Current political landscapes and people’s readiness to turn Iraq into another Vietnam either by making poor decisions or repeating said fact with slogans on picket signs makes this movie come back to the forefront again, a painful Big Brother, a terrible paean to the fear and hatred that consumed many during that era which people seem eager to reclaim in this era. Basically, it angers me to no end that this had to exist, it angers me more that it’s still palpible, but not because of the movie itself but what it represents.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 31 min (91 min), 1 hr 28 min (88 min) (Netherlands)
Genre Drama, Thriller
Director Peter Watkins
Writer Peter Watkins
Actors Patrick Boland, Kent Foreman, Carmen Argenziano
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Camera Eclair ACL16
Laboratory Movielab, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 16 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm (blow-up)