An Unlikely Weapon
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The weapon in question is not a firearm (as might be expected) but a camera: from the 1950s through the early 21st century, photojournalist and sports photographer Eddie Adams (1933-2004) caught a series of indelible images through his lens that dramatically reshaped the way in which the general public perceived the world. Adams perhaps gained broadest recognition for his wartime photography, delivering his most leaden punch in Vietnam, with a series of gritty, grainy, and shocking images that never shied from revealing the carnage and vile brutality of the war; in particular, his image of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A picture of a complex mind with a gift for capturing humanity and inhumanity with heartbreaking force."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"In the documentary An Unlikely Weapon, Adams and people such as Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings and Morley Safer talk extensively about his career as a photojournalist for The Associated Press and later for Time, Parade and even Penthouse."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Those previously unfamiliar with Eddie Adams will be mostly fascinated and somewhat intrigued, but, for everyone else, An Unlikely Weapon serves merely as a pedantic, Reader's Digest version of Adams' career rather than as truly revealing and illuminating"
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Though Morgan's non-fiction techniques are only serviceably straightforward, the director engagingly makes clear that Adams' most renowned image haunted him but did not, ultimately, define his work."
‑ Nick Schager, The Screengrab
"As chock-full of insights -- from Peter Jennings, Peter Arnett, Gordon Parks among others -- it is the famed war photojournalist's works that still create space to be startled, to be rewired."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The man had stories to tell, in person and in his pictures."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Documentary about the Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and celebrity-portrait photographer Eddie Adams, whose image of a 1968 street execution in Saigon became an icon of the Vietnam War."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"Photographer Eddie Adams is the subject of Susan Morgan Cooper's incisive documentary about the man who took the picture credited with helping bring an end to the Vietnam War."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"It's their reminiscences that are the most poignant and revealing about a man who seems, in Cooper's interviews, to have done all he could to conceal himself."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"The strongest material in An Unlikely Weapon contemplates the import of that shot, and of photojournalism itself, on the events of its time."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"Adams, one of the great American photojournalists, is more than deserving of a documentary tribute. Unfortunately, for all its good intentions, An Unlikely Weapon is not that documentary"
‑ Paul Brenner,
"Serves as a fairly surface-oriented hagiography of a self-conscious rock star photographer."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
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