I've never read the book by Eric Schlosser that this movie is based on. I was a little confused about how they were going to take a non-fiction book and turn it into a feature film. But Schlosser and Linklater did a good job writing a script that weaves the overall points of the book (I'm guessing since I haven't read it) into a fictional film.
It is quite an ambitious movie. It attempts to weave illegal immigration, middle managers buying into the system without question, college kid protesters, working class white workers, higher ups selling their souls, and evil rich dudes into one appetizing stew. And it partially succeeds. I've been thinking about this film a lot over the past few days.
Bruce Willis has only one scene in the film but he is so incredibly chilling in it that I want him only to play evil dudes from now on. Greg Kinnear is great as usual but pretty much disappears after the first 70 minutes. In fact, the last 50 minutes can't quite live up to the promise of the first 70 minutes. There were too many balls in the air to successfully wrap them up in enough time. This film probably would have worked better as a three hour film or as a 12 part HBO miniseries or something along those lines.
Still, I can't give the filmmakers too much grief for being so ambitious and almost succeeding in making a really really good film.
Directed by Richard Linklater
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