Monday, May 21, 2007

Michael Moore’s ‘Sicko’

Michael Moore’s new documentary about the U.S. health care industry – “Sicko” – is raising hell at the Cannes Film Festival.

Even Roger Friedman of calls the movie “brilliant and uplifting.” Variety’s Alissa Simon says it’s “affecting and entertaining.”

The rest of us won’t get to see “Sicko” till the end of June. But today Moore put up one brief scene on the Web. Here it is.


SJ said...

Thanks for pointing this out, I can't wait to see this. It's about time this country adopted universal health care. Though I do have insurance, I can imagine why some people can't afford it...and the thought that they can't get health care just because of insurance is sickening.

Undercover Black Man said...

SJ, I think "Sicko" could have a big impact in the U.S. And I would not have thought Moore could make an entertaining agitprop movie about this subject matter.

Rottin' in Denmark said...

Is Michael Moore capable of being socially relevant nowadays, though? No matter what revelations this movie contains, Moore will be smeared as a 'leftist' by everyone except those who are already convinced that our health care system needs an overhaul. That's how political discourse works in 2007. After 'Fahrenheit 9/11' came out, I remember hearing people defend Bush's infamous seven-minute Pet Goating with things like "Well, Moore's a liberal,' as if that negated the existence of the footage.

I'm impressed that the Fox News guy could see the quality of Moore's film, but is it really news to anyone that health care in the U.S. is unjust and immoral? My brother walked around with a broken wrist for a week once because he had to wait for his paycheck to come in before he could pay his deductible. We all have anecdotes like this, I imagine.

I really hope that this movie jump-starts some actual debate on our health care system, but I've lost any hope in the ability of polarizing figures like Moore to affect any real change. He's just too smearable and spinnable at this point.

Undercover Black Man said...

Rottin': Oh yes, Michael Moore will be attacked politically. But what it seem like he's accomplished with "Sicko" is to figure out an entertaining way of presenting a problem that most Americans can relate to already, like you say.

If his agitprop skills are sharp, and he pulls people into movie theaters... maybe "Sicko" can generate more than just a partisan noise storm.