We Are Legion truly stunned me.
Other than asking pertinent questions, close to the end, about the fate of indicted Anons against a timeline of civil disobedience, it didn't try to categorize the collective in any way, shape or form.
I'm pretty sure that makes it unique amongst the mountains of media focusing upon this movement.
However, Brian Knappenberger did contextualize each stage along the way, in the evolution of Anonymous, which he also made clear was an on-going story. What may be true of Anonymous right now, in 'x' campaign, may be utterly contradictory tomorrow in another.
He hammers home time and again why this should be the case. My favorite analogy was when one Anon described the collective as being like a flock of birds. One bird leaps free of the mass and takes off in another direction. Others follow and suddenly the whole flock has changed course.
Until another, quite random bird tries another way.
This sequential story told about Anonymous includes many interviews with the people who were there. We hear from big names like Barrett Brown, as well as lesser known individuals, whose insights are nonetheless significant for their anonymity. (I do hope you smiled.)
There's also an attempt to discuss moments in Anonymous history with those on the other side of the divide. Aaron Barr is one of the chief commentators there. But I'm not sure how well those segments worked. Brian Knappenberger's narrative is very sympathetic towards Anonymous, so Barr just ends up looking as idiotic as he did back in the day.
That sympathy, on the part of the director, does not cross over into white-washing some of the darker moments in the Anonymous story. Like the day when epilepsy sites were suddenly hacked with strobe gifs. But we find out why such things happened.
There are also snippets of absolute hilarity. When I revisited that early report by Fox News on Anonymous, I had to pause the documentary. I had the giggles so bad that there was no following what happened next, until I'd regained control of myself. Such things were scare-mongering and missing the mark at the time. In hindsight, it's true farce.
I know the Anonymous story - not to mention its ethics, philosophies and methods - yet I remained rapt for the entire 94 minutes. I learned a lot too.
If you've not seen this documentary, then you should. If you don't know what to think about Anonymous, then you really should. If you've already got them pegged as definitely one thing or another, then it should be law that you watch it. Enjoy.