"No God, No Master" Movie Review: 2 Stars
by Robert Abele
Dreadfully earnest about its politics in the manner of
Which is a shame, because Green shows visual flair and has a pair of central protagonists (again, real-life) whose differing
attitudes toward civil liberties merit a more focused dramatic two-hander: investigator and radicals expert
So much blandly sweeping, speechifying history and so little personalized dramatic focus turn "No God, No Master" into a series of issue-driven snapshots instead of something genuinely illuminating.
When a series of package bombs show up on the doorsteps of prominent politicians and businessmen in the summer of 1919, U.S. Bureau of Investigation Agent William Flynn (Strathairn) is assigned the task of finding those responsible.
He becomes immersed in an investigation that uncovers an anarchist plot to destroy democracy. Inspired by true events of the 20's the film sets the stage for a timely drama with resoundingly similar parallels to the contemporary war on terrorism and the role government plays to defeat it.
No MPAA rating. Running time: 1:34.
"No God, No Master" Movie Trailer