Originally titled “The Volunteers” — a moniker that still shows prominently on the film’s website — “American Insurrection” now has a title that could raise expectations for a modern-day version of American-International Pictures’ topical exploitation fodder from the 1960s. (Think “Riot on Sunset Strip,” “Wild in the Streets,” and other such films.) However, William Sullivan’s low-budget indie has considerably higher ambitions than similar teen-pandering fare did in the past. For better or worse, the fate of a guy too ashamed to admit his sexual identity is about the only plot aspect here that feels like a nasty hangover from the 1960s.
Sullivan adopts a chamber drama method to depicting life in an America entirely controlled by white supremacists whose goals and tactics could seem extreme even to Tucker Carlson, working from a screenplay he co-wrote with one of the key actors, Jarret Kerr (if not his loyal viewership). Indeed, it’s easy to see someone revisiting the screenplay and converting it into a stage play set within the remote cabin where most of the exchanges take place, with the primary dramatis personae: two couples attempting to flee to Canada, a stranger who unwittingly complicates things, and an Afghan war veteran turned right-wing militiaman held captive in a local ba. IMDB