Aroview: An indepth examination of the Californian 'hippie-terrorists', the SLA, who rose to prominence in the 1970s attempting to change America with assassinations, robberies and the kidnapping and brainwashing of Patty Hearst, heiress to the infamous media magnate Randolph Hearst.
Scoring the major coup of interviews with former SLA members such as Russ Little and Michael Bortin, this evokes the unreality, divisiveness and chaos of the era with a barrage of edited inserts and newsreel footage. This powerfully includes a closed-circuit replay of the infamous bank robbery in which Hearst was identified toting a machinegun. Even so, dir. Stone is ultimately more interested in the group's dynamics and starry ideals than Patty Hearst 's role. A fittingly fractured portrait of a fractured era.