Documentarian Errol Morris turns his lens on consultant Steve Bannon, the man who arguably forged the blueprint that brought Donald J. Trump into elected office. Sitting in a mock-up of an air force briefing room—invoking one of Bannon’s favorite films, Twelve O’Clock High (1949)—Bannon muses on his time at Breitbart News, his damage control for the Trump campaign, and his own fatalistic worldview. Morris is combative with Bannon, but fails to tease out the sociopolitical implications of his subject and what he reflects about America. Bannon articulates his ideals with confidence, couching his nihilism within a supposedly pragmatic critique of the neoliberal globalist class. Morris can obviously sense the contradictions and intellectual shortcomings in what Bannon says: He evokes romanticized ideas of American individualism steeped more in classic war and western films than an understanding of how a republic works, and he can never explain away the racism that’s inherent within his own critiques. He likewise can’t articulate a vision of anything that comes after the sociopolitical disruption he advocates for. Unfortunately, without Morris successfully contextualizing Bannon as a phenomenon, as he’s done with so many of his previous film subjects, we’re presented with no good reason that we should be listening to Bannon speak for 95 minutes, save for morbid curiosity.