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[Photojournalist Jo-Anne] Marshall works overtime...focusing tightly on the emotional lives of exploited animals as they plod through their miserable existences to slaughter.
"Ghosts" is urging us to rethink our relationship with the animal population - what they owe us, what we owe them.
This is a film overflowing with passion and compassion but often lacking the intellectual detachment necessary to distill conviction into a rigorous argument.
"The Ghosts in Our Machine" is a compelling movie, but its argument expands without deepening.
A film whose sense of urgency and purpose is utterly engrossing.
Atmospheric doc is a tone poem for the already-convinced.
This sense of global shift-of an old world order being cleverly undermined by a newer, more compassionate one-permeates [Liz] Marshall's graphic, often upsetting meditation on how the animal kingdom is used and abused by humanity at large.
The subtle approach may not convert all carnivores, and you might not buy the premise that animals deserve equal rights with humans. But this is a superb example of committed filmmaking.
Cooly stylized, sometimes to the point of visual and aural delirium... Beauty and terror are quietly arrayed, sometimes commingling in the same images. It's an artful way to make a case about the sentience of other animals.
Jo-Anne McArthur's cause draws sharp comparisons with the never-mentioned PETA, a seemingly insignificant omission that discloses a lingering problem of willful insularity.
The Ghosts in Our Machine is a starting point, and a missed opportunity.
Ghosts in Our Machine introduces the viewer to alternatives to mass food production showing humane slaughter facilities and rescues. It stops short however of taking the next logical step in making the viewer question meat eating in its entirety.
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