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I read some of the comments made about this film. It does stay at a
very superficial level and leaves the audience a bit "hungry" at the
end (but not hungry for meat!). I would have wished for more insights -
going deeper into the subject.
I saw some comments about the poor acting and I disagree. I think that all actors had a part and is was nice to bring some stars like Bruce Willis and Ethan Hawke.
I rent the DVD and I watched the special features which contain 3 episodes of "The Meatrix", starring Moopheus. The folks who created this cartoon delivered the same message as "Fast Food Nation" in less than 15 minutes - I learned as much and it was fun! I highly recommend.
I gave the movie a 4 because felt that is was a bit boring. I would
find myself interested in the main subject matter, being the food
manufacturing plant and all of the sudden the movie would switch gears
towards a girl and her uncle. A lot of this back and forth caused me to
On a serious note about the importance of this movie, for the last twenty years I have worked as an inspector in manufacturing plants and the restaurants themselves and all of the so called "fictional" stuff in this movie is actually quite true. A restaurant isn't going to put a remains of a slaughtered cow on the hamburger box, but the reality is that is what we are eating. Even worse, by the time it reaches the stores it has been infested with god knows what.
On a restaurant level the atmosphere is even worse. I could write an entire book about what I have seen in these places. You think the movie portrays the manufacturing plants to be bad, you should see what I have seen in the stores. I will not even say what I have seen in Chinese restaurants, but even in hamburger joints I have seen rats, mold, I can even recall being in a fast food restaurant and seeing where a milkshake had spilled all over the back of the burger make line and no one ever cleaned it up. It was moldy and had flies all over it.
You would that I would shy away from fast food because of what I have seen, but it is true that this food is addictive. Now don't get me wrong, I do know where not to eat and where not to take my family, but I still munch down a BM once in a while.
After watching this movie I feel like crying when I picture my children eating this crap. The scene where the punk employee spits on the burger is also very true. This happens everyday! When I was a teenager I worked in a restaurant and heaven help you if you came through the drive thru just before close. Most employees are so anxious to get the hell out of there that they start putting the away as it gets closer to closing time. I can recall a half an hour went by with no cars then at one minute until close some drunk came thru and placed an order. He was very obnoxious and boy did he pay for it. Not that being polite would have made his "secret ingredient" any better. The manager him self hooked him up! I swear I had nothing to do with it!! haha The reality is that this happens everyday, in every town, at every chain of restaurant, whether it is fast food or a nice sit down restaurant. None of us are safe. I think I will become a vegetarian.
Richard Linklater did a tremendous job at turning Eric Schlosser's
best-selling investigative book "Fast Food Nation" into a shocking and
inspiring piece of fiction. "Fast Food Nation" (the movie) has a giant
all-star cast and focuses primarily on three intersecting story lines
the corporate executive who investigates claims that there is fecal
matter in their meat patties, the teenage girl who works at a fast-food
restaurant but becomes an environmental activist, and the illegal
Mexican immigrants who risk their lives and dignity to work in the
heinous slaughter houses and meat-packing plants.
Do see this movie, but trust me when I advise you to not eat before walking into the theater. There are graphic and nauseating shots of cows getting killed, skinned, decapitated, having their limbs chopped off, having their organs pulled off, etc. It's not pretty, but it's real, and we all need to be aware of where our food comes from because we all need to be more responsible consumers.
Another reviewer said that the makers of this movie have lost a valuable opportunity. I completely agree with that opinion. This film is a disaster. The movie touches on important subjects in today's society (exploitation of Mexican immigrants, abusive US corporate power, the brutality of the meat industry, grass-root activism etc) but unfortunately it presents them in a shallow and dull way. The dialogues go nowhere and the events unfold with little sense of direction. The film doesn't even provide basic facts or data on the issues mentioned above. It's fiction that just doesn't bite. If you haven't seen this movie, I strongly suggest to avoid wasting 2 hours of your life on it. If you want to learn the facts of the fast food industry, you won't find any here.
One oft-cited drawback to "Fast Food Nation" is that the film doesn't focus sharply enough on pragmatic steps that Americans can take to eat more healthfully and support sustainable agriculture. But the March 6 DVD includes an antidote in its "special feature" section: the entire series of the critically astute "Meatrix" videos. Though the "Meatrix" is well-known by ardent Web surfers (deemed "the hottest online hit" by Salon.Com, for example), its loose satires on "The Matrix" movies haven't been released offline until now. Its animated characters illuminate the same sort of bleak realities that Upton Sinclair did in "The Jungle," but they have something that most such exposes don't: witty humor. In one episode, for instance, Leo, the young pig who wonders if he is "the one," helps rescue "Moopheus," a trench-coat-clad cow who comes inches away from slaughterhouse knives. The "Meatrix" videos also direct viewers to a website, www.meatrix.com, which offers links to sites like www.sustainabletable.org that outline practical steps people can take to eat more healthfully and support more humane and environmentally friendly agriculture. Viewers might find such advice useful, because various studiesincluding one conducted by A.C. Nielsen in late 2006have reported that while Americans increasingly recognize the moral and nutritional problems inherent in any fast food nation, they nevertheless feel powerless to address those problems in daily life.
Director Richard Linklater has released another gem to add to the list
of films that have made him the eclectic filmmaker he is today. Fast
Food Nation, which accompanied Linklater's other film this year( A
Scanner Darkly ) at the Cannes Film Festival is a very dialog driven
film geared towards a realization or self-awareness geared primarily
towards the American population. Also, a warning towards less
westernized communities, Fast Food Nation puts the reality of
modernization and personality loss into a very potent formula
on-screen. The film centers on a large corporation that delivers
fast-food quality at a fast-food price across the country. To mirror
companies such as McDonalds, Wendy's, or Taco Bell, was the point of
Fast Food Nation, and it does more as a film than Super Size Me did as
Linklater has a very diverse palette to take from, much like Steven Soderbergh, whereas they can both do intellectual independent films, and then turn around and still make an enjoyable film with a higher budget. Linklater followed up his more mainstream films School of Rock and Bad News Bears, with this thought provoking , eye opening docudrama. As the film tries to open our eyes and ears to the screaming of today's youth it also speaks loudly about immigration, and the border patrol at the U.S. - Mexico border. This seems to be a trend this year, after the issue was covered in Babel, and in The Three Burials of Melquiadas Estrada.
It's frightening to see the chemicals the fast food companies pour into their foods, and the hormones and literal waste the meat packaging companies use and overlook while feeding the public. There are many gruesome scenes towards the end of the film, that might seem unnecessary to some, but are a clear message that needs to be told and seen. Fast Food Nation is a satirical, yet overtly realistic look at the capitalistic society we live in today. This bleak look at middle-America does shed some hope that there will be a better youth, and that through revolution something optimal will erupt. There are many gruesome scenes towards the end of the film, that might seem unnecessary to some, but are a clear message that needs to be told and seen. Fast Food Nation is a satirical, yet overtly realistic look at the capitalistic society we live in today. This bleak look at middle-America does shed some hope that there will be a better youth, and that through revolution something optimal will erupt.
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This movie was long, boring and Avril Lavinge was in it. So basically
three of the worst things you can have in a movie. The only part that
made me not want to eat fast food was when the kid from Little Miss
Sunshine spit in the burger...other than that it was like "Oh, that
sucks...but s*&t happens." Honestly, do people NOT know that the meat
industry is like this? Do people really think that hamburgers just
exist? The whole college revolutionaries were really hilarious. By
hilarious I mean a huge joke. When they were trying to get the cows out
of the field and then when the cows stayed the kids were all "Oh! they
must love the food! It probably tastes better than grass!" News flash:
Cows are some of the dumbest animals on the face of this earth. I bet
they would eat a burger made of their mom and not even realize that it
was not grass.
I wish I could go back in time and get the two hours back that I wasted watching this. What would I have done with them you ask? I would have gone to BK, got a value meal and watched The Departed for the 8th time. That's what.
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Let me start by saying do not see this film. You'd be better off putting your face in a meat grinder, at least it would provide more entertainment and some kind of consistent plot. Also, What happened to Greg Kinnear???!? About 40 min before this grand flick is over, this great actor who starts off this movie disappears and is never heard from nor mentioned again. The movie continues to build momentum towards meat-related drama, starting with the perverted and drug abusing employees of the meat factory and ending with a glorious showdown of five straight minutes of watching the entire process of cattle being shot, slaughtered, drained, cut and processed. Don't forget the money shot of their fat and intestines spilling on the floor. It seems the director decided he wanted to go from being blatantly obvious, to just simply f***ing the images into your head. If you're looking for a movie with subtleties, watch The Sixth Sense. If you're looking for a movie about the terrors of fast food, watch Super Size Me. But for the love of beef-eaters and vegetarians alike, if you haven't already wasted your 2 hours of life, do not see this film.
Moral of the story: Junk food and fast food are EVIL. This is new. No
one has ever done this moral before. Ever. I just didn't see that one
coming, that message just punched me right in the face, especially with
tag-lines as clever and catchy as "Would you like lies with that" (GET
IT? INSTEAD OF FRIES?! HAHAHA! Hilarity. And yet clever and subtle and
just smart. Or...), or "The truth is hard to swallow" (That's a clear
warning sign that you're in for a festival of condescending know-it-all
messages, when they declare their own message a truth or a revelation
of some sort... how cocky and pretentious, eh?).
As far as the movie goes from a purely political or moral perspective, it's crap. First of all, it isn't controversial at all, despite the fact that they insist on trying to make it seem as if it is. It was controversial 30 years ago. Stop acting like this is some spark to a revolution or something, for Christ's sake. There isn't really anything you didn't know if you watched SuperSize Me and read the book and have just in general not been locked in a closet for the last 20 years without a TV. The messages are old, stale and uninteresting. And because it's a work of fiction, anything bad that could happen, does happen, and then it gets the balls sensationalized out of it. To use this movie as a piece of education would be like using Terminator to ban research on robotics and AI. So, weak and stale points, sensationalized arguments and an arrogant and condescending tone. Oh, you thought this was why I declared this movie garbage?
The story... whoa Nelly... the story. Poor Mexican border crossers get treated badly and butchered, elite corporate guy sells crap to people and doesn't care because he's a corporate guy and that's what corporate guys do, because corporate = evil, and the teenager feels rebellious. The acting is good, but it can only mask the absolute shoddiness of the story to a certain degree. Characters are all on sided, the story is so obviously politically motivated and without emotion, and the characters barely, if at all, tie in to each other. It's just bad.
The only reason anyone is giving this movie a good review is because they agreed with the moral before they even saw it. They liked that it smashed at fast food just as much as they liked to smash at it. Morally inclined bias to the actual review of the movie. That's all it is.
This movie is indeed just plain fart smelly garbage.
I'm completely shocked by the comments of this being a gem or a political masterpiece. My husband and I attended a screener of "Fast Food Nation" last night and we were disgusted. Not by the graphic images of cows being slaughtered (that was to be expected - this is supposed to be about the fast food industry from start to finish). We were disgusted by how heavy handed and poorly made the film was. It appeared that the director doesn't trust his audience to use use their brains and make up their own mines about the fast food industry. He shoves every story line in your face as to say "Look, isn't this awful. I'm telling you it's horrible. You have to believe me." Spare yourself this waste of time. Go grab the book "Fast Food Nation," it's much more filling.
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