Hot Docs 2015 Review: Deep Web
Deep Web‘s clearly something of a companion piece to last year’s opening night Hot Docs film The Internet’s Own Boy, and yet still somehow managing to top that film in terms of relevance. Details are streaming out every minute, and it appears that Deep Web has been updated even from its premiere at SXSW a month ago.
The most interesting aspect of Alex Winter’s film is not that it is narrated by his Bill and Ted co-star Keanu Reeves, (every time Reeves discussed the inner workings of the Internet, the tone feels like The Matrix). No, the best part of Deep Web, the story of Ross Ulbricht and his crime of being the Dread Pirate Roberts of the Silk Road, the deep web of the Internet, is that Winter stays on message without seeming too preachy.
But do not be mistaken, this is an agenda movie, and the film makes no bones about this agenda, (support for Ulbricht). At the same time, the film leaves open some pretty important questions, (which, to be fair, the film points out was done by the U.S. government as well to an important degree).
Ultimately, Deep Web is a wake-up call, a movement towards action, and the Q & A will probably be more of the same. Many an audience members that will be roused by the film to deeply explore the cause.