First of all, it must be written that The Corporation is not a simplistic or hysterical anti-big business rant. Indeed, one of the key individuals interviewed is a passionate Chief Executive Officer of one of the U. S.'s largest carpet manufacturing companies. What The Corporation is, is a calm, articulate investigation of the origins and development of a very peculiar form of trading organisation.
The Corporation is assembled from archive footage of old and more contemporary news films plus interviews with a diverse range of people, from CEOs to women working in sweatshops in Latin America. Of particular note are the interviews with professors Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn, who are as thoughtful as ever.
This documentary is an excellent overview of how big business shapes the world in which we live and has input from conflicting perspectives. It covers how brand name clothing is made by slave labour, to biotech companies attempting to copyright and privatise parts of the human genome.
The extras feature a great deal of interviews that never made the final cut, sorted by subject matter and interviewee.
Alongside the likes of Bus 174, Supersize Me, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, The Corporation is at the forefront of cinema quality documentaries.