The Undefeated (2011)
as Andrew Breitbart
as Judy Patrick
as Con Bunde
as Gene Therriault
as Jamie Radtke
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Critic Reviews for The Undefeated
The movie may tempt even the most ardent conservatives to emulate their idol's tenure as governor and walk out halfway through.
It's a straight hagiography, without nuance or ambiguity or the admission of opposing viewpoints, even those meant to be dismantled.
This Sarah Palin hosanna is done in by the simple fact that its director needs to go back to film school.
A troop-rallying campaign infomercial as imagined by Michael Bay: hero-worshipping, crescendo-edited at a dizzying pace, thunderously repetitive and its own worst enemy as a two-hour, talking-points briefing.
Audience Reviews for The Undefeated
I'm pretty sure she WAS defeated, then quit, then never even tried. Just in it for the money, just ask Todd.
Sarah Palin does more to expose the left in their hypocrisy, hate and intolerance than anyone else. This documentary proves that much, especially in the first of three Acts.
To the objective eye, there's no doubt why she garnered an 80% approval rating while governor of Alaska as she took on big oil and corrupt politicians. I have no doubt she'd had done the same in Washington. Since she's decided not to run for office, I think her star power will keep the conservative message in the forefront and eventually help get rid of the worst administration in history.
The only criticisms I have are that they could have used different music instead of the same score that went on through the entire movie. Also, I think two hours was a bit long and the director's message would have been just as effective in 90 minutes.
Although Palin could probably make for an interesting subject of an in-depth documentary about her unlikely quasi-political career (her rise was more meteoric than most!), The Undefeated is NOT it. Saving all the time and trouble, this doc gives its viewers absolutely nothing new. It is a paint-by-the-numbers, Documentary Film-Making 101 college student production (although it isn't) that is a chore to watch -- not because of subject matter; but becuase of its shoddy production values. Just as the narration provides a nice sound quip, the screen goes black and the audience is informed that the next section of the "film" is entitled exactly what the filmmakers had just said ... and it is literally written out for us on the screen! There is no debate or no real discussion about who Ms Palin is ... it is spelled out for everybody and it is comes across as rather insulting (is she seriously this one-sided?). The film opens with vile comments made by her detractors which is supposed to encompass all who disagree ... but shame, shame ... that isn't the case. People CAN disagree. The film makes her out to be the one good apple in a barrel of bad ones ... and no human is that flawless except for ... and I highly doubt even Palin would accept that praise. This isn't a film and it isn't really a documentary ... it is a love-letter/vanity project made by a swooner. I was hoping for some depth and analysis of Palin's character and I wanted to see why McCain chose her over some other, more-qualified individuals for his running mate; but the film doesn't paint a whole picture. Again -- we are told what people want us to "know" and hear. It is all gloss.
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