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Breaking A Monster (2016)



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BREAKING A MONSTER begins as the three members of band UNLOCKING THE TRUTH are all in 7th grade, spending their weekends playing a blend of heavy metal and speed punk in Times Square--often drawing substantial crowds. They take on a manager: a 70- year-old industry veteran. With his guidance they are soon on their way to a 1.8 million dollar record deal and a precarious initiation into the music industry. Anything feels possible, and in some moments the band can almost feel the eyes of the world gazing upon them. The boys are coming of age, not only as they make the leap to being professional musicians, but also as they transcend childhood and take their first steps into the complexities of adulthood. The accelerated breakout of any band, let alone one of pre-teens, is an extremely narrow and specific period in time--BREAKING A MONSTER is the story of this rapid transformation.

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Malcolm Brickhouse
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"Breaking a Monster" is engaging to watch partly because of the three young stars' personalities - despite a few adolescent squabbles, they remain likable sorts.

July 21, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[An] insightful and disturbing documentary ...

July 21, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A thoroughly engaging portrait of Unlocking the Truth, a heavy metal outfit composed of African American middle schoolers.

June 30, 2016 | Full Review…

Patchily revelatory ...

June 23, 2016 | Full Review…

"Breaking a Monster" is as much about adolescents having to leave behind childhood friendships to embrace life on the road as it is footage of performances at Coachella and South by Southwest.

June 21, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

You keep waiting for these kids to be exploited, of course, and what's made it onscreen confirms the impression you'll probably already have - that they signed a major deal not expecting to be subject to executives' whims with little agency of their own.

June 21, 2016 | Full Review…

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