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Brexit: The Uncivil War Review - 4 Ups & 4 Downs

3. It Skirts Some Issues

Channel 4

For something that feels like it has such an agenda AND which seems to want to paint itself as being completely impartial at the same time, The Uncivil War seems rather careless when it comes to relating some pretty key information and dealing with some intriguing issues.

Every time the film threatened to engage with something particularly controversial - like the fascistic approach to the propaganda beneath the surface of the Leave campaign or the real depth of the data misuse that the campaign was run on - it's all awfully superficial. Instead of really engaging, we're left with a broad picture that skips over some of the most interesting parts, particularly when there is so much clamour around underhand activity, corruption and simple, abject failures.

What the film wants to show is one man's incredibly impressive quest to undo government traditions and use new technology to manipulate a vote in devilishly clever ways. That IS a compelling story, but when it's a true one and that focus comes at the cost of some of the other real elements, it's a shame.

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