How to Blow Up a Pipeline

Oil boom

Some young environmental activists decide to radicalize, up their game and graduate from vandalizing SUVs to sabotaging a small Texas oil pipeline. 

While Daniel Goldhaber’s highly watchable adaptation of a book by Sweden’s Andreas Malm may not leap to the top of your must-see list, fit’s well worth seeing for a variety of reasons.  

It’s tightly plotted, well-paced and unpretentious, with palpable tension rivaling the best heist movies. It never signals approval of the extreme measures it depicts, but neither does it judge. That will be left up to you, and you may surprise yourself.  

The character actors are all professionals, but little known enough to make their anarchist characters all the more believable. They all have their own motivations, and we get a glimpse at each backstory, which Goldhaber wisely keeps brief. 

This is very much an ensemble work about the anger of a betrayed generation. You may not agree with them, but neither can you totally disagree. They make the political personal. (104 min)