The film opens with an introduction to multiple characters, including Xochitl (Ariela Barer), Logan (Lukas Gage), Alisha (Jayme Lawson), Michael (Forrest Goodluck) and more. Each character is linked to the others by one significant connection: they are a small crew of activists highly passionate about all things environmental. As we are introduced to each character, we see them in action before we are all taken to West Texas, where the group secretly meets.
For some members, this is the first time they’ve ever met each other. Together, they discuss a dangerous plan and mission. Their goal is to disrupt and damage an oil pipeline. The crew begin to each do their part, digging, and creating what appears to be explosives. Along with seeing the crew at work in the present, we are also taken on a journey back in time, starting with Xochitl. These flashbacks provide significant insight into what led the characters to want to take things to the next level and sabotage a large pipeline.
How to Blow Up a Pipeline is best described as a drama and thriller. This film is also based on the book of the same title by Andreas Malm. The drama aspect of this film is strong. Each character is passionate about making a change, proving their point and, most importantly, saving the planet, so much so they are willing to risk their own lives. The film also carries a strong level of unpredictability. Can all the members of the crew be trusted? Will each of them complete the task and succeed in the end?
The visuals feel raw and realistic, almost like a documentary. Viewers are watching something that seems lifelike and convincing. The message is apparent, and as the film ends, I’m confident that everything will linger in the minds of audiences for quite some time, making this film a great success. The pacing is great, and going back in time at various points gives viewers more significant character development. It also keeps this film engaging and held my curiosity, not to mention creating scenes filled with tension like a ticking time bomb just waiting to fire off.
Overall, I can’t say I’ve seen a film quite like this in some time. The film prompts audiences to consider and think. Plus, it’s an experience that will linger in the minds of movie lovers for a lengthy period. Everything here feels raw and realistic, with a compelling story and characters. How to Blow Up a Pipeline is an unpredictable, solid drama with great moments of tension and thrills throughout.