Altered States

The power of nightmares: Russian thriller and Southern mock-doc imagine scary dystopias

Gimme a brake: Night Watch
photo: 20th Century Fox
Gimme a brake: Night Watch


Night Watch
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov
Fox Searchlight, opens February 17

CSA: The Confederate States of America
Directed and written by Kevin Willmott
IFC, opens February 15, IFC Center

See also:
  • The Second Civil War
    Facing the facts in slavery satire's rewritten history
    Ed Halter reviews CSA: The Confederate States of America
  • The schema manages to integrate the Kennedy assassination and the Newark "slave rebellion," as well as the promotion of a Family Values Act to end with a Clinton joke. Yes, there's something terribly familiar about this historical fantasy. As we now know, and Willmott is well aware, the South actually did win the Civil War.

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