Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005)
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Wal-Mart has become one of America's most successful retail chains by offering everyday goods at low prices for working families. But just how is Wal-Mart able to charge less than many of their rivals, and what has their success done for their employees? Documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald takes a look inside the discount retailer's empire in Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, and discovers a company short on scruples and long on shabby treatment of the people who work for them. Through
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Advocacy journalism at its most unsparing, and it demands to be seen, discussed, argued with, and acted upon.
Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price lacks the cinematic panache to elevate it above the level of agitprop. But its all too relevant dissection of its subject is well worth paying attention to.
For all its missteps, the movie powerfully suggests that Wal-Mart is capable of demoralizing a community so thoroughly that it doesn't have the spirit to carry on its life outside the big box.
Wal-Mart says director Robert Greenwald's film is misleading and inaccurate, but it's hard to dispute the personal accounts from former Wal-Mart employees who speak from experience.
Whatever Greenwald lacks in style he makes up for with a deluge of facts and figures and a populist feel that make his movies, this one included, accessible even to the most politically naive.
Greenwald has shrewdly chosen not to go with classic talking head types like economists, academics and journalists. Instead he talked to current and former Wal-Mart employees, including several with a dozen or more years with the company.
Embora irregular (as seqüências que se focam na China beiram o ridículo, com a dublagem e os apelidos dos entrevistados), o filme de Greenwald estabelece argumentos fortes que levam o espectador a desejar boicotar a empresa-título.
If Greenwald's intention was to make the audience very angry indeed then the film is a resounding success ... it'll definitely make you want to boycott Asda.
Once again David slays Goliath in a documentary that has no pretense of being objective
It's a bill of indictment, really, more than an objective survey. Greenwald often makes his arguments with a kind of prosecutorial zeal that makes you chary of swallowing it whole.
A searing expose of the greed and systemic poor treatment of its workers by the largest corporation in the world.
If you think you already know all about how evil and rapacious America's largest retailer is, wait 'til you see this latest exercise in muckraking from Robert Greenwald...
The information in the film is largely anecdotal and not analytical. This is what gives the film its power.
...will win few points for art...but its subject matter provides such a wealth of material that subtlety is hardly required, nor even desired.
Greenwald paints a portrait -- one that has Wal-Mart frantically countering with damage-control plans -- that says the corporate juggernaut is sticking it to all of us.
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