The brilliantly chosen visuals transform what might otherwise be an almost unbearable recitation of horrific facts--and the institutional failures to move toward changing them--into a ... See full summary »
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
A poorly made film resting entirely on the powerful subject
This film did little to advance an idea of Chomsky as a person, or even to interestingly frame any of his ideas. It provided no thesis or direction and was satisfied instead to aim the camera at the man as he travelled college campuses speaking to audiences. It seemed to be little more than one man and a handycam, which is fine in principle, but, in this case anyway, terrible in practice. If it weren't for the thoroughly compelling nature of the man himself and his views, I would consider this an utter waste of time.
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