A documentary about how humane and clean different execution techniques really are. With it's real footage the documentary really makes you think.
I was expecting this to be just a reel of execution footage, made for the curious morbid minds out there (me being one of them, truth be told). I had it in my possession after I found it really cheap on VHS, and I looked up some info about it before watching, and noticed it got pretty good critique, so this made me think that maybe, just maybe, this was actually interesting and informative, and I was lucky enough to be right. This is something that makes me wonder why titles like Shocking Asia are mentioned all the time, when they're alot weaker and worse as documentaries than this is.
The documentary starts out with a warning text assuring us that the footage in this film is real, and that it's very graphic and disturbing. We're also told, to quote, that "many of the images have been censored or suppressed, as government continue to promote executions as instant, clinical and humane". Right here we see that it's rather obvious why this documentary was made, and what kind of people made it. The whole documentary is anti-executions, and very one-sided. Before the film really begins, they challenge us to look into their eyes before they are executed. The film is split into different chapters for different techniques. The chapters are "Beheading", "Stoning", "Shooting", "Chemical killing" and "Electrocution", and they go into great detail in each of them, especially "Shooting", which is one of the most common ones. The biggest procentage of the film is about the said execution, and the different ways the Nazis used.
The narration in this film was very strong and informative, and it felt like just any documentary you saw in school as a kid. It never exploited the footage by trying to just please the viewers with a morbid curiousity, which is very rare for this kind of thing. The film does shock, like the tagline says "This film should shock because truth hurts", and that's exactly why. It's not showing anything unusual, it just shows executions the way they are. Cruel and inhumane. The last execution we are shown is the only one that is graphic enough to disturb through the images. It shows a young man being blind folded and shot, and even though he's shot in his stomach and face, he's still alive. He has a large hole in his cheek, and they leave him for dead, which takes about 60 seconds.
Now, I'm not saying that I'm on the same side as the filmmakers, because I believe that some scum deserves nothing less than a cruel execution, perhaps like the one I just mentioned, but even though the movie was made to be one-sided, the narration never shoved anything down our throats and just showed us the truth and gave us facts to think about.
I could probably write something about everything that is said in this documentary, because it's all so very interesting, but I'm gonna leave it like this. The film is strong, and it's point is never to disturb, but to teach. I recommend this for anyone who's interested in war, documentaries, execution, history and just overall reality, but stay away from this one if you wanna drink with some friends and watch some "sick shit".