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PACmen (2017)

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PACmen is the first film to document the inside workings of a Super-PAC, taking us behind the scenes to answer one of the lingering questions of America's strangest election...why did Ben Carson run for president? This observational documentary follows the men behind the Super-PACs that drafted Dr Carson to run. Believing Carson can save the Republican Party, they successfully persuade him to run, raise millions of dollars and catapult him to the top of the polls. However, Carson's political inexperience soon begins to show, and his constant media gaffes make it increasingly difficult to raise funds. As Carson's poll numbers nosedive they watch in horror as Trump inexplicably hijacks their anti-establishment movement. As the campaign descends into chaos the PACmen increasingly begin to wonder...did they pick the wrong savior? A fascinating look at politics in the age of Super-PACs and the landscape that lead to Trump's rise, through the eyes of the men who backed "the other guy."

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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

A depressing portrait of a political system that has gone hopelessly off the rails, PACmen is essential viewing for anyone seeking to understand some of the reasons why.

May 17, 2017 | Full Review…

Mundane if competently made.

April 26, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Ultimately, PACmen lacks focus and bite, neither skewering its subjects nor really giving insight as to what makes them tick.

August 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Gun local documentary maker Luke Walker offers an outstanding insiders look at the presidential campaign of Dr Ben Carson, who tended to inhabit the opposite end of the popularity polls to Donald Trump.

August 10, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

...the grand potential of the film is somewhat squandered by its glacial pace, muddled narrative, and generally confused understanding as to what exactly about Carson and his campaign was so interesting.

July 23, 2017 | Rating: Not Recommended | Full Review…

Even without direct access to Carson, Walker's film solidifies the impression that he was out of his depth and thus, that his crash-and-burn in the primaries was an inevitability.

May 4, 2017 | Full Review…

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