Sunday, February 2 2014, 02:20 PM MST
Sundance 2014: Last Days in Vietnam
4 out of 5 Stars
Director: Rory Kennedy
Category: Doc Premieres
Recommended to: History buffs and anyone interested in how to make a solid documentary.
Synopsis: The final days of the Vietnam War as the North Vietnamese Army moves in on Saigon the few remaining Americans make decisions that impact the lives of tens of thousands of South Vietnamese allies and citizens.
Review: Having already sat through a handful of documentaries at this year’s festival it was refreshing to finally come upon a documentary with a sense of focus. First and foremost Last Days in Vietnam is an extremely compelling story. Typically when we are taught about the Vietnam War the education stops with the Paris Peace Accords. This film takes the story one step further as it explains what happened next. The film doesn’t try to assign any sort of blame, it simply tells the story as best it can through interviews and archival footage and allows the audience to come to its own conclusions.
-Ryan Michael Painter