- Unlocking the Cage
- Directed by
- Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker
- Steven Wise
Can you appreciate a documentary even if you wildly disagree with its central subject? That's the question Unlocking the Cage poses, at least for this reviewer.
Focusing on the crusade of Steven Wise to convince the legal system that animals qualify for human rights under habeas corpus, the film constantly asks you to side with the lawyer and the PETA-esque Nonhuman Rights Project, even as it shows the advocates constantly stumbling and occasionally grasping for straws.
Normally, this would be an easy way to undercut a documentary, but the powerful filmmaking duo of Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker somehow turn Wise's quest into a compelling and noble tale, no matter what your thoughts are on the views presented.