American Cannibal: The Road to Reality (2006)
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Critic Reviews for American Cannibal: The Road to Reality
The real savagery is in the satire, coldly measuring the lengths to which contestants might go and the depths to which the protagonists sink.
Reality television is painful enough to watch at home, let alone on the big screen, but directors Perry Grebin and Michael Nigro somehow didn't get the message.
American Cannibal is ostensibly about the phony, exploitative nature of reality TV, and though documentarians Perry Grebin and Michael Nigro hit that point too hard by piling up interviews with TV experts who speak in exaggerated cautionary tones,
To the film's credit, it's finally a whistle-blower on unsafe shooting practices, not unsafe dining habits.
Until everything collapses, and the filmmakers are left grasping at straws, it's absorbing in a sick way.
Audience Reviews for American Cannibal: The Road to Reality
Interesting knowing that it was going to eventually fall apart. Who doesn't like to watch a train wreck happen?! It was alright.
surprisingly good doc. like everyone else...i have no clue which parts are real and which were staged. i'm totally kind of freaked out about that girl though. nothing is ever really said...i mean, is she even alive? but anyway, yeah it was a great look into pitching idea after idea and how draining it is...just to have someone use an idea of yours, thats not even what you want. then have it spiral down to nothing. it was almost like they were being forced to sell out into reality tv and the whole time they hated themselves for it.
Somewhat interesting story of two writers trying to get a reality television show off the ground, but it somehow falters the further into the film you get. I'm not sure what we're supposed to glean from the ending of the film, as the shows' production is plagued from the start, but it was an interesting way to wast an hour and a half. Give it a look on cable, like I did.
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