I should probably preface this review with the fact that I am and have been a /B/tard for almost 10 years now. Being a part of the 4chan community for that long I have seen what Anonymous started out as, and what it has eventually become in the worldview. Honestly being a small part of those early events and seeing it on the big screen is a bit strange to say the least.
When I first heard they were making a documentary about the Anonymous collective, I was a bit worried about it being another “Hacker on Steroids” expose. You know, featuring a bunch of young apathetic kids with entitlement complexes in Guy Fawkes masks mugging for the camera. Because honestly that is what most folks in the media seem to reduce the movement to.
What I got was something that resembled more a first-half history lesson on what I feel is one of the most misunderstood and important movements of the last decade. The film comprehensively chronicles the beginning of Anonymous with its start on 4chan with its Habbo Raids for the LULZ and its evolution into more political operations against Scientology and Paypal.
The documentary then closes on the Sabu betrayal and the Occupy movement just as that was beginning to ramp up.
The documentary really gets things correct and doesn’t take the easy road by simply writing off folks due to age or gender. While there are some interviews conducted behind masks, there are just as many folks who have come from behind the veil of Anonymous to talk about their experiences dealing with the repercussions of their actions.
If you have ever been curious about the hactivist collective Anonymous or hacktivism in general, I can’t suggest this documentary enough. It manages to fairly show both their actions and consequences in a way that folks who have only heard of the group in passing can understand. It not only chronicles their exploits, but their deep impact on internet culture as well. I have to rate We Are Legion at over 9000!