Well, he really pushed the envelope on this one. Regardless of these reviews people are going to see it anyway. It's just one of those movies that you can't ignore- it won't leave you alone. If shock value is what you are looking for then this one delivers. It surpasses the level of outrageousness that you would come to expect from this guy. An unrestrained display of scandalous, brazen and unabashed reckless abandon. One is gobsmacked and wondering what boundary he is going to overstep in the next scene and who he is going to humiliate through his sarcastic and provocative mockery. Word of mouth is going to spread like wild fire just as well because one gets the impression he is banking on the shock appeal. I must say, in a way it failed to measure up to the high standards of creative genius we have come to expect from Sacha Baron Cohen, he just seemed to go overboard with all the kinky sexually explicit 'filler' (some may even find it slightly offensive) DO NOT take your mother in law. When I left the theatre I felt somewhat disappointed about something. I attributed it to the realization that camouflaged within all the debauchery (a ‘hit your neighbor’ level of ‘disbelief’) were evident injections of propaganda, sometimes subtle and other times in your face. Many references to Hitler, nazism (ref. to Mel Gibson) A typical underhanded attempt to vilify arabs/islam by exploiting the 'terrorist' mantra (a worn out and common theme in the mainstream) Also not so subtle reminders of 911 just to make sure it is constantly renewed/refreshed in people's minds (invasive, repetitive fear-mongering)- even if on a subconscious level. The poster above the parent questionnaire interview table was hardly there by coincidence- subliminal perhaps to some but very noticeable to others. The most disappointing and somewhat disturbing scene is when there is a blatant politically motivated attempt to assassinate Senator Ron Paul's character. This potentially had grave implications towards his career. He is known for his patriotic, courageous and steadfast stance against corruption in the US gov. with issues such as the Federal Reserve, bailouts etc. Speaking the truth is not popular in the boys’ club. He is a big thorn in the side of the elite bankers as he is one of the few politicians with any integrity and values. Deceptively entrapping/ambushing him in a compromising situation was no random event. It had external hands of influence written all over it. This attempt at humiliating and undermining a respected public figure (fighting to preserve the eroding civil liberties of US citizens) for selfish gain goes beyond irresponsible. As far as the mid-east conflict goes, I had the impression that Cohen was careful about showing any bias by painting the whole thing with the brush of humorous impartiality but the more discerning of viewers may see through that veil. It is a shame that many big budget movies these days are contaminated by zionist propaganda. Before you throw the McDonald's of accusations at me, please look up Zionism first. It is common knowledge that Hollywood is infamous for using films to shape public opinion by stealth. Like I said my intention is not to spark political debate. I am going beyond the conventional parameters of a casual film review for those that have a more critical 'movie eye' and like to pick up on the details. I don't have a horse in this race so please refrain/resist from making any Ad-Hominem attacks. We are here to express our humble observations and opinions which may unfortunately be perceived by some to be controversial. Such is freedom of speech- long may it live. In conclusion, and on a lighter note and like I said it did have a strong entertainment factor. You leave wondering what was real and what was staged, how did they manage to ‘loop hole’ their way into obtaining consent etc. etc? Makes for a good discussion after. Also how he surprisingly (sometimes miraculously) manages to escape physical altercations with his victims is quite unbelievable. I suspect his security is seconds away as a precaution. Raises curiosity. It would be fascinating to see what really goes on behind the scenes, in terms of scheduling, enticing his subjects and sustaining these fiascos without blowing his cover immediately. In that regard it is brilliant and has some damn ballsy and funny parts (no pun intended) You'll be sure to have a riot. Enjoy.
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9.7.2009 - age: 36-49 - 7 replies
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