Movie Review: The Corporation
Alternate Title: More Than a Few Bad Apples...
Story: If you need an additional injection of rage and depression this summer run to see this exhausting and comprehensive Canadian documentary about monster global corporations. How they got to be as powerful as they are and in the process often socially irresponsible is what this film is all about.
Winner of the audience award at Sundance, filmmakers Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott have managed to take a sleep inducing topic and turn it into an entertaining, fascinating film. The film is based on the book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power by Joel Bakan.
With the clever use of old film footage, animation and talking heads we are walked through the history of the entity of a corporation and the resulting global problems caused by their Pac Man appetites. The plunderers are many but the film shows a glimmer of hope through the actions of CEO Ray Anderson of Interface Carpets.
Some of the talking heads include Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, Milton Friedman, Howard Zinn and Naomi Klein. The advertisement for the film also notes that they have included "7 CEO's, 3 VP's, 2 whistleblowers, 1 broker, 1 spy and one really big mess.'
Predilection: I like documentaries.
Critters: Oh my! The animals depict in this film do not fare well at all.
Blatant Product Placement: There is nary a product that is missed but I am absolutely certain that no one wanted to be mentioned or seen in this expose.
Soundtrack: Clever and often very amusing.
Opening Titles: A terrific montage of the media using sound bites with the term 'a few bad apples.' And then there is a barrage of logos that almost made me dizzy.
Theater Audience: Very crowded for the first afternoon show. The four of us were surprised. My ragtag international group of friends were diverse and opinionated and took the discussion about corporate responsibility out onto the sidewalk after the film. Our group Republican backed down a bit about individual choice and corporate responsibility when we realized there were many issues we all agreed upon. My other movie pal said she felt that after seeing Control Room, Fahrenheit 9/11 and The Corporation she had witnessed a perfect trilogy.
Squirm Scale: Child labor makes me crazy and I did not like to see the animals suffering.
Oscar Worthy: Perhaps.
Nit Picking: It was a little too long.
Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine but I always encourage people to go to the theater and support these brave film makers.
Length: Two hours and 25 minutes.
LOBO HOWLS: 8