The Corporation

The Corporation is a fascinating, darkly humorous, sprawling monster of a film about the history of the corporation and its ever-growing impact on our society. Filmmakers Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott explore the genesis of the American corporation, its global economic supremacy and its psychopathic leanings, with social critics like Noam Chomsky and Milton Friedman lending insight in this documentary. The witty use of archival footage and juxtaposed news clips make the film entertaining enough that for the most part, the time flies by. This had so many interviews, with so many different current players, that it was very interesting. I loved the interviews with Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore and the various CEO’s (some repentant, some not). The mock psychological profile of the corporate “person” as psychotic is both funny and disturbing. Even if you think you already know all there is to know about this topic, you’ll still be amazed to see how the film connects the dots in new and surprising ways. This is a wonderfully edited documentary about the effects that corporations have on society. It’s highly informative without being boring. The first point that should be made is that everyone should see this film because the topics in it affect all of us. It doesn’t matter what your political, economic, or religious status is- if you live on this planet, you will be directly affected by corporations for your entire life. Far from being the benevolent providers of goods and services that make our lives worth living, corporations are by definition voracious predators who must continually feed their appetite for more. This movie is not necessarily anti-corporate. It’s pretty objective and presents the truth straight from the CEO’s mouth. The single most important thing that you walk away from this film with is the understanding of why things are the way they are in America and other capitalist societies. Further, the movie gives you a pretty good understanding of the laws governing corporations. These laws force companies to grow continually, whether or not it is sustainable. I haven’t been this impressed with a documentary in a long time. The Corporation was exceptionally persuasive because of their commitment to presenting important information in a responsible manner. Most people don’t think about these topics very often, but when you start to put the puzzle pieces together, you realize that our way of life can’t possibly be sustained. This raises important questions about what we are going to do about it. The details of various corporate crimes make you want to get up out of your seat and fight for social change. I strongly recommend this movie! Documentary 2003 NR 145 minutes.


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