Movie Review: Sicko

Sicko graphicAn important and masterful critique of the U.S. health system, Sicko takes us from horror tales of our current system to a tour of countries with free national national health care systems, and conversations with their citizens. It is a masterful unmasking of the propaganda of the U.S. health industry and mainstream media.

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Sicko by Michael Moore

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An important and masterful critique of the U.S. health system.

Sicko is a surprisingly good documentary, and I believe it will play a very important role in pushing forward a rethinking of health care in the United States.

I like Michael Moore’s films, even at their most propagandistic. But I recognize that political polemics tend to only galvanize the already committed, rather than persuade others less inclined. Sicko is different in this regard from past Moore films. It is a documentary which doesn’t preach, which puts Moore, the filmmaker, further in the background, and which approaches the horrors of the health and insurance industries from the point of view of their victims.

Those who like Moore soley for his on-camera antics will be disappointed, although there are a couple of good scenes that are fairly hilarious, such as when his “comandeered” boat approaches Guantanamo. This is the old Michael Moore, perhaps thrown in to placate the fans, but the film doesn’t need it.

Sicko takes us from horror tales of our current system to a tour of countries with free national national health care systems, and conversations with their citizens. It is a masterful unmasking of the propaganda of the U.S. health industry and mainstream media.

I urge everyone to see this film when it is released on June 29th. It will open a lot of eyes, and open a much needed debate in this country over our national health care scandal.

My rating: 5.0 stars
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