Having had reviews to both extremes; with others claiming that Moore should have stopped making movies at ‘Roger and Me’, and the other half exclaiming that it was an eye-opener, it was with mixed expectations that I watched the documentary.
I admit it was at first difficult to follow the storyline, but by the middle of the movie, I could see clearly the point that Moore was trying to put across.
The paper will start by giving an overall impression of the documentary, followed by an examination of what the documentary meant to me.
This will be followed by an analysis of whether I agree with Moore’s message in the movie or not, and why.
And the 1% remain at the top of the game, getting off lightly for crimes such as the ‘pheasant insurance’ or the 700 billion dollar tax write off awarded to sustain failing financial institutions after the most recent economic downturn (Dargis n.p). The facts may be presented with some pomp and circumstance but they are still facts.
Just because there are myriad facts involved in the foreclosure does not change the fact that a home in America is foreclosed every seven minutes (Gritten n.p).
Or rather, what percentage of a population does capitalism benefit?
Moore’s movie provides a clear answer for that; in America, which is considered one of the wealthiest nations in the world, 1% of the population own 95% of country’s resources (Gritten n.p). In a country that preaches constantly freedom, equality, democracy and human rights, something close to neo-slavery is being practiced.
There are still thousands of people losing their jobs monthly, there are thousands more who cannot afford insurance cover.
Moore is right in his message; there are a select few who have abused the American capitalistic system and made a ‘plutonomy’ out of the system (Dargis n.p).