Power and Terror - Noam Chomsky in Our Times (2002)
Movie InfoNoam Chomsky is arguably the most important and best-respected dissident political analyst in the United States. While his outspoken opinions on American foreign policy have hardly endeared him to the mainstream media (or the leading lights of either the Republican or Democratic parties), his sharp but well-considered opinions have made him a mainstay of leftist political journals and a tireless opponent of misdirected military violence and political bullying. Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times is a documentary which explores Chomsky's lectures and writings on the Bush administration's responses to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Chomsky discusses foreign policy decisions which helped to create the climate in which the 9/11 attacks could happen, as well as military and political decisions against Afghanistan and Iraq which have taken their toll largely upon civilians -- which, by Chomsky's estimation, makes the United States as much a terrorist agency as our opponents. … More
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Critic Reviews for Power and Terror - Noam Chomsky in Our Times
Junkerman's dull film, and its important if inflammatory message, will bore all but Chomsky's fellow travelers to death.
If the documentary is a jumbled mess, the man ... is mesmerizing, lucid, thought-provoking and brave.
Visually, it's about as exciting as C-Span. Doesn't matter. Chomsky, at 74, is as radical as ever.
Kept me interested for its full 74 minutes with a series of surprises.
Would have benefited from putting a wider lens on the man and his detractors, as seen in 1992's superior Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media by Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick.
Because what Noam is thinking is always of interest, this brief and reverential film is as well.
This sometimes fawning documentary is selling a simple image of Chomsky to his faithful, not expanding on or further discussing the man's ideas.
There are better and more entertaining ways to grapple with Noam Chomsky's theories.
Whether or not you agree with Chomsky, this film will give you a political perspective not easily found in the mainstream media. It's worth seeing for that alone.
May have been more interesting if there were somebody from the Right responding to his views. It doesn't even have to be an equal to Chomsky - anyone will do.
Whether one agrees with him totally, to some degree or not at all, it's hard not to appreciate the thoughtfulness of Noam Chomsky's gently spoken, hard-defended positions.
Chomsky and his arguments are brilliant stuff, but this film is just a boring, trite mess.
The kind of film that you hope makes it onto the TV screens of every high school class in the country.
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