The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Deploys lots of sans serif graphics and handy statistics to explain how people escalate up the drug-dealing ladder.
A thoughtful, intelligent examination of the US war on drugs.
This zippy documentary by Matthew Cooke can't compare to Eugene Jarecki's tragic and masterful The House I Live In (2012).
Highly entertaining and informative look at the war on drugs, offers a tongue-in-cheek manual of how to become a cartel leader. But it's not just a glib exercise & confronts the implications of a drug policy that many would agree is a disaster.
Ultimately, the most frightening lesson the film teaches is just how dysfunctionally impervious to defeat the so-called war on drugs is ...
It often works, despite in-your-face graphics that occasionally do the job of resembling cheesy sales pitches a little too well.
The subject matter is not always well served by the hammy, overcooked satirical treatment.
It becomes a compelling, clear-sighted trip through the jungle; a documentary that rushes us in and then proceeds to point the way out.
Persuasive, possessive and powerful, you'll feel like you've had a shot of nasal gold dust after just five minutes and the highs keep coming.
Cooke catches our attention with his sardonic, training-handbook tone, which doesn't exclude shock and indignation when needed.
Stylishly directed and sharply written, this is an entertaining, informative and frequently shocking documentary that reaches a number of depressing conclusions.
Though over-emphatic, it benefits from great access to concerned celebs, ex-addicts and former dealers, most of whom found addiction at the end of the rainbow.
This clever documentary disguised as a well structured cross between a how-to video and an arcade game replete with Levels and Bonus Points, directed by Matthew Cooke, is giving us a real lecture without even noticing it - perfect way for the young kids who hate lecturing - to learn! One of the RT members wrote in August 2013 the following comment: "I am a bit short on cash, this could be useful..." Well, what if you could earn $50 per hour in an entry-level job with no degree requirements and plenty of flexibility? Sound tempting? What if that job was involving selling drugs?
This documentary rightly has its main focus on the "American war on drugs" through the eyes of the very people who sell them. You will notice one thing from the middle part - there is no decrease in that war of anything - like the "War on terror", everything is sky-rocketing: number of deaths, quantity of drugs, suffering, prisons, prisoners, destroyed families and money funds for the government! This daring film with its light-hearted style made itself approachable on every level and here we could hear interviews with people involved in this industry from the bottom to the top - even celebrities like 50 Cent, Eminem, Susan Sarandon, and Woody Harrelson. But, it was noticeable that the biggest player who is running the show didn't gave an interview, it was just mentioned through some of the agencies belonging to them - like CIA.
I still cannot believe that most of the people in the country bragging about freedom, populating about 5% of the world - IMPRISONS 25% OF ITS OWN PEOPLE! Most of them for drugs... and I am glad that the director Cooke choose to humanize those we often cast aside as criminals. Educating us while entertaining us, this skilful director makes us more comfortable to talk about the taboo subject. Cooke insists that "It's a war on people, waged particularly against minorities and the poor." Thanks for his efforts, we could understand our world better (and maybe, who is the real enemy).
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