The Shock Doctrine (2009)
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The team of Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross returns with their most intriguing provocation to date, an adaption of Naomi Klein's best-seller, which argues that U.S. "disaster capitalism" promotes its free-market agenda on the back of disasters, whether natural or manmade. A challenging, powerful vision of the world economy today.
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Critic Reviews for The Shock Doctrine
This movie, clearly assembled in haste, throws surprisingly poor archival footage into the mix with a Klein lecture, scant original interviews and a narration from on high that will brook no dissent.
In a lucid way clears up how America is now in the midst of a severe financial crisis through questionable free market policies.
The worst that comes out of the documentary's final moments is the sense that Winterbottom and Whitecross ultimately don't know what their film is supposed to be about.
A movie that describes the scorched earth policy associated with free market fundamentalism, continuing with the current occupant of the White House.
The back story to the political and economic landscape of our times and the reasons why the rich are getting richer and the world is in such a mess.
it's pretty clear even without further knowledge that tying every single ill in the modern world to Friedman's free market policies is being far too narrow minded
I'd recommend this most to younger audiences who are starting to take an interest in politics, and would be interested in a crash course on the last 30 years or so, at least from one particular perspective.
...an inherently compelling premise that's squandered virtually from start to finish...
Audience Reviews for The Shock Doctrine
"The Shock Doctrine" is an insightful documentary that starts not so innocently enough back in the 1950's at McGill University where a psychologist discovered you could use shock therapy to disrupt somebody enough to make them susceptible to suggestion and even being overwritten. As you can imagine, the CIA had a collective erection when they found out. That's nothing compared to the free market thinkers at the University of Chicago who saw what could be done with this on the national scale, first at Chile, then Argentina, and right down to the present day in Iraq. The problem is that free market capitalism does not always equate with personal freedom. Plus, as everybody found out, once you end regulation, the markets are more open to instability and wild fluctuations, thus forcing the common person to suffer under the yoke of massive inflation. Of course, they don't really care about them, since this all benefits the wealthy, anyway. While most of this might not sound exactly new, especially to those of us who read Naomi Klein's book of the same name, it is interesting to see her critical theories placed in historical context and illustrated as well as they are here.More
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