Addiction Incorporated (2011)
In the 1980s, Victor DeNoble was a research scientist at a major tobacco company, where he was tasked with finding a substitute for nicotine that would not cause heart attacks. He succeeded- but in the process, he proved something that the industry had been denying for years: that cigarettes were addictive. He also uncovered a new addictive ingredient- setting off a chain of events that still reverberates even today.In a true act of modern-day heroism, DeNoble took his findings to the people despite a strict confidentiality agreement, eventually testifying about his research in the infamous 1994 Congressional hearings with the seven heads of the major tobacco companies. An unprecedented alliance of journalists, politicians, attorneys, and whistleblowers achieved what was once considered impossible- the first ever federal regulation of the tobacco industry, which continues to have repercussions even today. -- (C) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for Addiction Incorporated
While it's satisfying to see fat cats tamed by science and an enraged public, the movie misses the opportunity to sustain the pressure.
Addiction, Incorporated feels more like a well-made educational documentary rather than something you'd care to see in a theater.
This straightforward documentary by Charles Evans Jr. is must viewing for anyone interested in public health and corporate ethics.
Anybody who's remotely interested in this topic already knows everything "Addiction Incorporated" has to say.
Once it finds its footing in old-fashioned journalism, the film packs a wallop.
Much of the first half of Charles Evans Jr.'s muckraking documentary is annoyingly gimmicky...
...a film that should be shown in high schools and colleges. Victor DeNoble is a great role model with something important to say. I hope people listen.
"Addiction Incorporated" follows tobacco's journey downhill from respectability.
Rather than relying only on archival footage and a parade of talking heads, Evans mixes it up with reenactments of episodes in the past. It's subtly unobtrusive and effective.
While its thoroughness is laudable, its pacing is deadly. And the events and attitudes depicted already have become curiously passe in less than a decade.
A straightforward, effective mix of talking heads and newsreel footage.
Charles Evans, Jr. makes an impressive directorial debut... While entertainingly constructed, (the film) suffers at times from a too-comical approach.
Evans mines enough fresh info from the story that it feels at times familiar but not redundant.
The fascinating first hand story of the scientist who exposed tobacco companies as drug pushers.
DeNoble is an ideal subject, a riveting, passionate storyteller who witnessed industry shenanigans first-hand a full decade before they were exposed to the public.
This handsomely produced, richly detailed documentary about how the tobacco industry strove to hook America on nicotine and how the research scientist in charge upended this mission as whistleblower is as entertaining as it is informative.
Like most documentaries detailing the efforts of corporate whistle-blowers, Charles Evans Jr.'s vérité exposé venerates its subject's (admittedly worthy) actions to the point where legitimate fascination sours into uncritical appreciation.
Producer Charles Evans Jr.'s directorial debut finds an engrossing suspense angle in the involvement of Victor DeNoble, an idealistic scientist-turned-whistleblower whose suppressed corporate research became the bombshell catalyst in that struggle.
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