Witnesses follows a murder investigation in a Croatian city, and it tells the story from the perspectives of the police as well as the murderers. The movie opens with a 5-minute tracking shot that follows cars through the streets and also zooms into and out of a few houses along the way; I'm not sure how they pulled it off, and it's especially impressive in a film that seems to have a pretty limited budget overall. It's more than just an interesting shot, though; it does a good job of setting up how the story is going to be structured and told, too.
Most of Witnesses felt like a good episode of the NBC show Boomtown (anyone else remember it?) with the way you come back to the same conversations from different sides and follow a number of characters as they interact over the same period of it. Towards the end, though, it pushes the moral dilemmas of the story in ways that I found quite effective. There's a political subtext to it, as well, but I don't know enough about Croatian history to follow that side of it very well.
Edited by Tyler, 20 March 2012 - 11:12 PM.