A brutal Survivor-style reality show produced by the publicity-obsessed promoter of the Paris Hilton sex tape was shut down suddenly in September 2005 when a contestant was critically injured. Closely following the train-wreck production and the industry that spawned it, this film documents the human cost of popular entertainment. Written by
Helllllooooo Reality TV Fans! Now is the time to transfer your interest to a reality TV documentary that explores absolutely nothing! That's right, American Cannibal is an ninety- something minute film that chases its tail in hopes of actually revealing something about human obsession, but only achieves to reveal something about how the directors relied too much on someone else's opinion to create a story that never comes through. The craft of the film is so poor that the audience has to tread through forty minutes of muck before getting to what the story could have been. And when we arrive to the story, it's barely introduced and buried somewhere in footage left on the cutting-room floor. Yeap, there's a story in there somewhere, but certainly not in the film. I sincerely applaud the filmmakers for attempting to find the story and sticking with what was obviously difficult circumstances. And it's incredible to see some of the footage they captured, but the story is so poorly constructed that one wonders why they spent so many year filming this event instead of organizing a structured story. As the film currently stands, it nothing more than spectacle.
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