The ensemble makes the film, with Kevin Spacey and Tom Wilkinson providing the most showy but the most developed performances. As someone who was a bit too young to really "get" the 2000 recounts, the film does a thorough job of explaining the strategies and thought from both sides and of laying out the various legal and political battles.
The style mirrors a political documentary, allowing the film to move fast without relying often on exposition and allowing Roach to be economic with his shots and editing. Production design reflects the cluttered atmosphere of campaign offices.
"Recount" is extremely brisk, enthralling, and satisfying as an in-depth political expose.