Assassination Nation is a Muddled Mess That Doesn’t Know Its Audience: TIFF Review


If you already saw from the trailers that this movie passes itself as a long trigger warning, you’re expected to get what exactly you think this film is going to be. If there were a much simpler way to describe what Assassination Nation is, it’s a nearly two-hour long trigger warning that dwells upon the worst parts of American society, without ever offering much satire in order to make it last longer. But even with all the worst qualities of a film like this shining out on the screen, it’s somehow not a complete waste of time – which isn’t what I would have expected to get from a film that seems to set the bar so low for tolerance of standards among America’s own youth. It’s a film that just finds itself being so fascinating because of how out of touch it really is with the way the world works simply from the fact it’s trying to be so relevant to the way our world is moving. By the time you finish watching the film, you’re only asking yourself what was the point that the movie is trying to make especially when it seems it can’t figure that out.

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The TIFF Diaries: Day 1 – Going Back and Forth + Capsules for Asako I & II, Assassination Nation, and Kursk

On my first day, I woke up earlier than I expected (at around 5:30 A.M. for the matter), but I headed over to ScotiaBank theater to press screenings for Asako I & II and Assassination Nation. On board the train over to Toronto, I’m wondering to myself if the notification ting is long enough after having missed a chance to RSVP for the Kursk red carpet – but ah, what the hell. I can’t let one missed opportunity bring me down so badly, and I know I’ll probably get another chance sometime soon so that I’ll have so much more to talk about quickly.

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