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Critic Reviews for Bananas!
Fredrik Gertien's documentary about the alleged perils of being a Nicaraguan banana worker has landed the director in serious trouble with the Dole Food Company.
Drawing on vivid archive footage of working conditions in rural Nicaragua, director Fredrik Gertten also benefits from a charismatic protag in Juan Dominguez, the Ferrari-driving lawyer representing the underdogs.
A missed opportunity to spear corporate negligence.
SThe movie is very similar to Joe Berlinger's 2009 film Crude, about similar campaigns on behalf of Ecuadorean oil workers.
Audience Reviews for Bananas!
This film told a compelling story the whole way through, only to tack on an ending saying that the hero may not be a hero. An interesting tale of developing-world labourers taking on a multinational corporation - Standard Fruit Company (Dole) - that keeps your interest the whole way... until you find out (not a spoiler, this is all over the internet) that the lawyer prosecuting the suit has been charged with fraud. Dole is attempting to say that the evidence was fabricated. Maybe the labourers don't speak enough English, or they don't remember, or maybe, they changed their stories trying to get a big award to take back to their communities. In any case, this was a feel-good story that unfortunately, doesn't make me feel good anymore. In 10 years, though, once ALL the parts of the case are wrapped up, and a fictionalized version comes out, maybe this will work better. Actually, just start a series of Erin Brokovich movies, like Rambo but in a courtroom...
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