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Frontline: Battle for Haiti (2011)
Sensationalistic and One-Sided
This episode deals with the fate of some 4,000 Haitians who escaped from prison following Haiti's massive earthquake in January 2010. It portrays all of Haiti as completely unsafe and criminal, dominated and ruled by vicious, violent gangs of marauding street thugs. The documentary does a reasonable job of reporting on the escapees and the efforts of the police to capture them. However, it fails to provide a level of balance in terms of what the whole of life was like in the aftermath of the earthquake.
After the earthquake Western journalists flooded Haiti anticipating stories of massive looting, rioting and indiscriminate violence. What they found instead baffled them. Looting was virtually nonexistent. Haitians banded together shoulder to shoulder digging and searching for survivors mostly with their bare hands. I visited Haiti near the first, second and third anniversaries of the mighty quake, and what I felt was a sense of peace and safety. Extreme poverty yes, but fear - no. Haitians are a people who work hard for long hours and receive very little in return. They don't aspire to anything more than "poverty with dignity," which in fact was a key rallying cry of Aristide.
It seems that since the journalists couldn't find the story they wanted, they instead chased down the story of the prison escapees, defined it as THE story of post-quake Haiti, and would lead the viewer to believe the prison escapees are the defining fact of life in Haiti today. This is grossly inaccurate and a disservice to the Haitian people.
Perhaps it's time for Frontline to film a follow-up report to share what life in Haiti is like today.
Get Smart (2008)
Save your time and money...
This is not a bad family action-adventure movie, but there are plenty of better ones out there, like the National Treasure movies, which I found to be a better use of my time and money.
Steve Carell seems only able to play the role of Michael Scott from The Office, which is too bad. It would be interesting to see him in a different role.
I don't know why it was found necessary to use the "S" word several times in this family movie. It does nothing for the movie except to make it more coarse. If you don't want your junior high children using these words around your house, then spare them from this movie.