This Divided State (2005)
Movie InfoIf you think that the American population rests in harmony, united in a common perception of democracy, you couldn't be more wrong! When the controversial film maker, Michael Moore, was invited to speak at a university in Utah - the heart of "The Bible Belt" - it lead to both violent protests, attempted bribery, hateful arguments and even death threats.
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Critic Reviews for This Divided State
It's a discomfiting film, bringing up all the ugly emotion of last year's electoral shouting match, concentrated in one town in one state and in one short 88-minute film.
It lacks the substance to sustain its feature-length running time.
No matter where you stand, This Divided State has a patriotic, galvanizing effect.
The 25-year-old filmmaker takes no sides himself. Wisely, he allows folks of all opinions to put their feet in their mouths all by themselves.
The approach to recording the story is everything its subjects aren't.
The intensity of the opposition and the deep fissures it revealed in the fabric of American civil discourse are still astonishing.
If there's a weakness here, it's that there's no challenge whatsoever in making a closed-minded right-wing nutcase look crazy
The problem is that Greenstreet apparently had no idea what kind of movie he wanted to make.
Greenstreet's film works as yet another painful reminder of the death of political discourse.
A hard-hitting documentary about the heated nature of the cultural wars in America and the hallowedness of free speech.
It's a brave and highly commendable effort that's chock-full of chilling moments.
Director Steve Greenstreet captures all the hubbub on film but, while he makes the point that we are indeed a house divided, he can't quite persuade us that this particular situation is a metaphoric example of our national malaise.
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