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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Crude DVD Review



Crude DVD Review



Synopsis: Three years in the making, this cinéma-vérité feature from acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Brother's Keeper, Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) is the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet. An inside look at the infamous $27 billion "Amazon Chernobyl" case, Crude is a real-life high stakes legal drama set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. Presenting a complex situation from multiple viewpoints, the film subverts the conventions of advocacy filmmaking as it examines a complicated situation from all angles while bringing an important story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus.

Review: Here at DVD Legion we love documentaries.  This feature is a great look at the greed and corruption that exists in our world at the corporate level.  It most certainly gave me a rather intense dislike for Chevron!  Crude made a splash at the Sundance film festival, which always makes us stand up and notice.

This film looks deeply into the infamous 'Amazon Chernobyl' case and gives you a look at the real-life drama involved in trying to preserve our environment against the corporations.  What a fantastic film from Joe Berlinger.  He did a fantastic job of hitting this info from so many different angles.  It all comes together in a compelling and intriguing look at a situation that most people have probably never even heard of.

If you're looking for a great true story of modern struggle and corruption, Crude is for you.  Its a little depressing, just because of the sheer nature of the controversy, but its definately a good watch.


Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars