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Not bad, but a little disappointed
on 3 October 2012
This film is not as good as I expected. At 90 minutes I think it is too short to accomplish the ambitious agenda that the filmmakers set out to persuade us of. A lot of valid and interesting points are thrown out, but not really developed sufficiently. There are very good sections, especially the one near the beginning about cycles of empire, but also poor ones, particularly at the end where the thesis of how to change society breaks down. I mean, is reintroducing the gold standard and changing the tax system really going to fundamentally alter the capitalist system for the better? This is very poorly thought through, and inadequately supported with evidence and argument.
There is also a problem that most of the experts put their points across too fast and in language that could be clearer. The interviewer needed to get them to slow down. There are no subtitles on the DVD, so this doesn't help. I wanted to show the film to colleagues who are not native speakers of English, but the speed and lack of subtitles means it is difficult for them to follow the film.
The other basic problem with the film is the concept of 'Four Horsemen' itself. The film does not really introduce its four pillars properly. I think they are mentioned quickly somewhere, but not emphasised enough. There should be four clear sections with titles introducing each, plus a catchy sequence with an apocalyptic horseman riding through the dusk or something. This would be a far more effective way to structure the film. This film is somewhat incoherent and insufficiently developed, and needs a re-edit and a rethink.