By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

American Charmer: A Review Of The Brink

The-BRINK-2Alison Klayman’s “The Brink,” an avatar of cinema-vérité observation, arrives in a hush and escalates with precision. Recording political consultant and purported intellectual powerhouse Stephen K. “Steve” Bannon after his dismissal from the arms of Trump power, captured by a filmmaker-cinematographer-sound recordist on their own, edited to a fierce ninety-minute form from day-after-day of close observation of a year in a life of wheeling and huffing and dealing and puffing.

“Facts, just factoids, right now,” Bannon demands in a darkened, shabby room, cracking open another Red Bull, tousling the hair that had once stranded atop a young, somewhat handsome face. He’s trying to lose thirty-five pounds, he says. After leaving the Trump-o-sphere, he says he read articles, looked into the comment section, where, he says, he was called “‘this gross-looking, Jabba the Hutt drunk.’” He looked “scary,” he agrees.

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