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Power Trip (2003)



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In 1999, the major American utility company AES Corporation spent over 30 million dollars to purchase the former Soviet Republic of Georgia's electrical distributing company, Telasi, in a bid to expand the American company's international market share. In his 2003 documentary entitled Power Trip, filmmaker Paul Devlin examined the actions of the Georgian citizenry and governmental officials, as well as those taken by the AES management team. What looked good on paper turned into a series of major business setbacks, as the Republic of Georgia had been beset with constant domestic turmoil since the collapse of the U.S.S.R. Quite nearly from the beginning of the Telasi buy-out, the AES upper management team was presented with numerous seemingly unpredictable and insurmountable obstacles which included the extremely low incomes of the vast majority of the population and pervasive governmental corruption. As the American company struggled to single-handedly update a nearly Third World economy, the Georgian populace was merely struggling to exist. Power Trip was a included in the program for the 2003 Berlin International Film Festival.
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Critic Reviews for Power Trip

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (11)

Surprisingly funny, enlightening and informative. And watchable.

May 20, 2004
Arizona Republic
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Highlights the disparity between the people and their exorbitant bills, but it's also a brief history of modern Georgia, a country whose citizens are frequently failed by their government.

Full Review… | May 14, 2004
Boston Globe
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Devlin's movie deals with transition and displacement in the former Soviet Union. It introduces us to a highly committed international work force and to disgruntled Georgians. The movie also immerses us in a conflict that appears irreconcilable.

May 14, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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An arresting and fascinating story that's ultimately not only about politics and business, but also about the human condition itself.

Full Review… | February 26, 2004
Dallas Morning News
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Through the ever-hopeful eyes of Lewis, the story unfolds in unexpected directions, emerging as both a portrait of a changing Georgia and a study of power.

January 23, 2004
Seattle Times
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An instructive account of the perils of attempting to privatize decrepit public utilities in countries with stagnant economies.

January 23, 2004
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Power Trip


As far as documentaries go, this one is first rate. I say so, because it really does represent a full spectrum of viewpoints, information, and history without making it a one-sided issue. I was especially surprised at how little I knew about Georgian political history, as well as the current issues faced by this tiny former Soviet nation. Very well done, certainly worth the education:)

Lisa Kretschman
Lisa Kretschman

If you actually want to learn something while watching a movie, this could be a good pick for you. --I found it enlightening to see inside the reality of a former Soviet Republic, Gerogia (not actually Russia..Sorry about that, but I ran out of space in my title block.) --This is a documentary showing the obstacles to progress and industrial privatisation in the former Soviet Union states. --The U.S. based global power conglomerate that is trying to bring a self-sustaining modern power system to the state of Georgia has many obstacles, from nepotistic corruption, to the communist era mindsets of the populace. This movie can be very informative about the reality of Soviets lives, in the modern era. It also is a saddening story about the corruption that ultimately pervades the soviet governments and restrains the Soviet people from greater progress in the struggle to have a better life. Tim

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