The Quarantine Stream: ‘Tread’ is All About Perception (and a Giant Homemade Tank Rampaging Through a Small Town)
Posted on Thursday, August 27th, 2020 by Ben Pearson
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: Tread
Where You Can Stream It: Netflix
The Pitch: In the early 2000s, a man bought a bulldozer and, over the course of several months, secretly turned it into a homemade tank. Tricking it out with military grade weapons and a multi-camera viewing system so he could see where he was going, he sealed himself inside this metallic behemoth, crashed out of his warehouse door, and began wreaking havoc on the small Colorado town where he lived. Oh, by the way: this is a documentary.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: If you’re wondering, “how the hell did I never hear about this story when it was happening?”, this movie eventually gets around to explaining why that’s the case. But I have to admit that a small part of me is glad I didn’t know all the details beforehand, because it makes this documentary that much more interesting. And hoo boy, there are some fascinating details here that make this a frustrating but mesmerizing viewing experience. Read More »