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The Shock Doctrine (2009)
With thorough factual presentation and a little less ideological war, this film would have something great to say.
When you base a film upon a very fixed point of view, in my opinion, you have two options. You either spring for objectivity, within the realm of possibility, or you side overwhelmingly with the point of view. I have not read Naomi Klein's work, but since she has been accredited the manuscript, I find it sound to believe that this film is her total point of view. According to it, Capitalism is a tried and failed project that should be replaced with it's counterpart - a large, public governance. The film starts in 1951 with the development of shock therapy as metaphor for the consequences of the same technique employed with society. To be specific, the shocks with which war, terror and other streamline upsetting events have altered history. Per Ms. Klein's theory they have proved useful to those of a capitalistic persuasion, who have utilized, shall we say, a moment of weakness in larger circumstances to push through radical changes. Changes that would eventually lead to the reason we have had a Darwinian economical system since after WW2. The course of the film shows the awful situations in Chile, Argentina and Russia to mention a few, the way they were handled by America and Britain, and the results. Unfortunately the film had a lot of statements, but failed to follow through with thorough factual proof and the choice of images as well as length of certain horrid war clips, I felt, left the viewer with a thirst for the whole story. In the end, the film mentions Obama's comparisons to FDR citing that only if we "make him do it", as FDR would say at the end of staff meetings in his presidency, we can change the wreck in which our faith in capitalism have landed us. Too bad is that Obama has campaigned for the cease of relentlessly ideological battles against one another, for neither being liberal nor democratic nor republican. Just plain reasonable. I think maybe Winterbottom and Whitecross' film would have benefited from taking this certain point of view. Even though the film puts the spotlight on history that should late be forgotten and needs to be put in perspective, it still fails to make the viewer feel well-informed. It rather seems to be rallying for the viewer to join the cause.