Review #265 of 365
Film: America: Freedom to Fascism (2006) [NR] 107 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $11.75
Where Viewed: Regency Tamarac Square, Denver, CO
When 1st Seen: 3 October 2006
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Directed by: Aaron Russo (Rude Awakening)
Written by: Aaron Russo
Aaron Russo (producer of Trading Places and Libertarian Party presidential candidate in 2004) • Joe Banister • Dave Champion • Sherry Peel Jackson • Vernice Kuglin • Ron Paul • Irwin Schiff
Link to the Film's Official Web Site and Blog: America: Freedom to Fascism
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"See the film for it gives alternate views than the current media and provides fodder for thought."
My biggest criticism of the film is that, not unlike Michael Moore's films at times, there is a non-linear approach taken to the arguments that makes them incredibly hard to follow. They can, therefore, come across as disjointed and illogical sounding more like the ravings of a mad man than an articulately delivered, cogent argument. This is compounded by the repetition of the same key phrases which skeptics can see are being used the same way the subjects of these films use them to achieve the brainwashing effect under attack. If I say, "The US government is turning you into a slave," over and over and over and over, in twenty different ways, then followed by the phrase in big letters on the screen, then I am, in effect brainwashing you to believe it. True or not. Evidence or not. Well, maybe it is time that somebody try to brainwash the USAers back into remembering the founding notions of the United States of America. Maybe there is a reason the Constitution was created the way it was created. It's just too bad that Aaron Russo didn't stop and really plan out this film in a more logical, straightforward, and comprehensible fashion. It's too bad that he doesn't utilize a wider base of experts in his film because then it would come across like a film designed to brainwash people into becoming Libertarians. The true measure of success of ideas in politics in the USA, that is if they are to follow the core ideals of USA Constitution and founding principles, should be in whether the messenger delivers the message and allows the listener to make his own decision or the messenger delivers the message and commands the listener to believe in and blindly follow the message. In this area, the film does not aptly succeed for it falls too far into the latter category. See the film for it gives alternate views than the current media and provides fodder for thought. Keep in mind, however, that the backers of the film also have an agenda, and they do not state their agenda in any less eloquent "We are trying to protect your freedom" language than the current powers that be. As was famously printed on the poster in Fox Mulder's office, "The Truth is Out There". We may never know what it is, but it is out there.
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