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Power Trip (2003)

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 0

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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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Surprisingly funny, enlightening and informative. And watchable.

May 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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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.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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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.

May 14, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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An arresting and fascinating story that's ultimately not only about politics and business, but also about the human condition itself.

February 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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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.

January 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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An instructive account of the perils of attempting to privatize decrepit public utilities in countries with stagnant economies.

January 23, 2004
Washington Post
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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.

May 20, 2004 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

Devlin introduces some interesting, often mind-blowing (at least to us capitalists) statistics of life and electricity in Tbilisi

May 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

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.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

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.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

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

May 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Far from dry... this brisk and matter-of-fact documentary would certainly appeal to Frontline and Wide Angle viewers.

April 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

The film has genuine voltage.

March 26, 2004 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

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.

March 24, 2004 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

It embraces great characters, tension and a skewed sense of humor as matters in question get way out of hand, absurdly so.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

It's a good, solid, enlightening piece of work on an interesting, engaging topic.

March 9, 2004 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

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.

March 4, 2004 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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A fascinating discussion about something that we take for granted, often amusing, and enlightening.

February 27, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

The film's DV capture is often shabby, but the intriguing imagery compensates -- from slums to nearby mountains, from impassioned, defiant natives to stone-faced or sleazy potentates.

January 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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