Whether Noam Chomsky, the MIT linguist and political philosopher, is the most important intellectual alive, as the New York Times once famously called him, is open for debate. But without a doubt, Chomsky, now 73, is one of the most straight-talking and committed dissidents of our time. A steadfast critic of United States foreign policy for decades, in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, his profile took a quantum leap as he provided much-needed analysis and historical perspective to concerned citizens throughout the world. In the months that followed, he gave dozens of talks on four continents, conducted scores of interviews, and wrote a book 9-11 that was published in 22 countries and became a surprise bestseller in many of them, including Japan. Chomsky's voice may be unpopular, but his incisive arguments, based on decades of research and analysis, are heard and considered in this chronicle comprised of interview footage, and various talks he's given. Chomsky ... Written by
Sujit R. Varma
I saw this documentary in New York its second week in the theater, and I doubt it will get a lot of play elsewhere in the country. Some interesting things were done, such as the usage of Asian pop-songs and translations to quotes to give the film a more international/global feel. However, this doc is no where near as good as Manufacturing Consent, what I think is a masterpiece and a true showing of the brilliance of Chomsky. Yes, this film is important, but it focuses solely on Chomsky speaking. Now I love Chomsky, but he is not a dynamic speaker, the power in his oration come from his well structured syntax and ideas. Listening to 74 minutes of Chomsky monologues is wearing. Nobody spouts the truth like Chomsky, and this film didn't show that as well as Manufacturing Consent. 8/10... only because it was about one of my intellectual heroes. 5/10 for filmmaking.
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