Power Trip (2003)
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In 1999, the major American utility company AES Corporation spent over 30 million dollars to purchase the former Soviet Republic of Georgia's electrical distributing company, Telasi, in a bid to expand the American company's international market share. In his 2003 documentary entitled Power Trip, filmmaker Paul Devlin examined the actions of the Georgian citizenry and governmental officials, as well as those taken by the AES management team. What looked good on paper turned into a series of
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Highlights the disparity between the people and their exorbitant bills, but it's also a brief history of modern Georgia, a country whose citizens are frequently failed by their government.
Devlin's movie deals with transition and displacement in the former Soviet Union. It introduces us to a highly committed international work force and to disgruntled Georgians. The movie also immerses us in a conflict that appears irreconcilable.
An arresting and fascinating story that's ultimately not only about politics and business, but also about the human condition itself.
Through the ever-hopeful eyes of Lewis, the story unfolds in unexpected directions, emerging as both a portrait of a changing Georgia and a study of power.
An instructive account of the perils of attempting to privatize decrepit public utilities in countries with stagnant economies.
The entire film has a feeling of bemusement to it, as if filmmaker Devlin can scarcely believe it's happening. It plays like a surreal comedy of errors.
Devlin introduces some interesting, often mind-blowing (at least to us capitalists) statistics of life and electricity in Tbilisi
A lively fly-on-the-wall view of the clash between old-line Communist inefficiency and well-intended capitalist progress -- and the people caught in the middle.
Lewis is a likable presence (he's the one person who seems to have a sense of humor about the whole thing), and the quick primer in recent Russian history is quite welcome.
A perfect example of a film you might watch avidly on PBS flaked out on your couch, but not one to which you might dedicate an evening at the movies.
The subject matter may sound dry on the surface, but, within the myriad problems the human race creates for itself, it crackles with an electrical charge
Far from dry... this brisk and matter-of-fact documentary would certainly appeal to Frontline and Wide Angle viewers.
Devlin provides a fascinating sociological study of intercultural misunderstanding and unrealistic expectations viewed through the prism of a single problem rife with social, political and economic implications.
It embraces great characters, tension and a skewed sense of humor as matters in question get way out of hand, absurdly so.
It's a good, solid, enlightening piece of work on an interesting, engaging topic.
Power Trip is a fine piece of infotainment - but you can only wonder about what information might still be out there waiting to be uncovered.
A fascinating discussion about something that we take for granted, often amusing, and enlightening.
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