Sunday, June 11, 2023

Richland (2023) Tribeca 2023

Portrait of the town of Hanford Washington, which was once one of the centers of atomic bomb production. Now it is a contaminated town trying to come to come to terms with its past while it plots its future.

RICHLAND is an okay film. It has an interesting subject that is explored in such a low key manner it never builds any excitement. Frankly I was kind of bored by the film.

One of the strengths of the film is also its greatest weakness and that is the film portrays Hanford as just another town where life is going on. Yes the town was the center of atomic research, but at the same time it was still a place where people lived. There is no effort to spice things up, which is great because you realize that Hanford could have been anywhere, but at the same time by not creating any real sense of urgency we could be watching a film about any town, except when the radiation talk drops in.

My interest wandered as I never got a sense of why this story was being told. Yes there are some stand out bits in this film, however it takes a while to get to them.

Worth a look if this interests you, but nothing you need rush out for.

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