Thursday, 9 February 2012

Did Michael Moore make one of the most terrifying films of our generation?

I know he is prone to gross exaggeration, and a lot of the time his facts are questionable, but the general consensus on filmmaker Michael Moore's 2009 film Capitalism: A Love Story seems to be that it is his most coherent film yet and can be viewed as more a thesis than a documentary. Below is the film in full. | Καπιταλισμός: μια ιστορία αγάπης by tvxorissinora

I do well not to get bogged down in politics or pretty much anything socially related here on the blog, but watching this film, I found myself more shocked, scared and moved than any horror film has caused me in a long time. The obvious answer for this is because this is not the boogeyman in the closet, this is real life.  

Though the film centres around America, it is the undoubtable story of most countries across the first world for the last few years. Moore analyses the growth of capitalism in America and, even at the behest of president Jimmy Carter, the population allowed the government to continue the consumer culture where people are more than 100% in debt, where family houses are repossessed, and where major corporations gain substantial pay outs from the deaths of employees, without sharing any of the money with the families.

This is a horror film in the truest sense in that every single person should be able to watch this and see their place in it. I understand there is a side to the argument that Moore avoids, but his displays are very persuasive, which should have you a gasp, wondering how you and your family have allowed this monetary nightmare to continue. 

If you ever wondered why people were occupying Wall Street, or why riots were breaking out all over London, then look no further. This film (and I will call it a film, not a documentary) is a harsh look at the grim reality, forcing us to wake up from the dream we spent so long comfortably laying in. I say this as someone who can completely understand the benefits that capitalism offers in theory, and the reality that has reared its head thanks to unsavory individuals. The pang of fear I feel when this film seems to bear more than just shades of George Orwell's 1984 is enough to validate it, in my opinion. Again, I am sure it is a heavy handed argument as opposed to an unbiased look into the world of capitalism, but it is still the best film by Michael Moore, a man who knows what it is we truly fear.

This is a horror film. And we are the victims.

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