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on 13 June 2013
If you want to know what is happening to your freedoms this film is a must see. Ordinary working people are manipulated by corporations and the politicians to keep the one percent wealthy at the expense of everyone else. This ought to be shown in every secondary school in the land.
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on 13 March 2017
Now read the book!
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on 13 January 2013
well worth watching if you want an insight into thereasons for the current problems in the world economy and how it happened
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on 17 January 2011
Takes the core elements of Naomi Kleins book and vividly illustrates their major impacts on the lives of ordinary people in countries all over the world. How rich political and corporate elites benefit from natural and man-made disasters to push through an economic ideology that ensures power and wealth remains in the hands of the few in each society. Politics has become the handmaiden of greed and power, of corporate interests. The theme that emerges as the narrative unfolds is that disaster capitalism can be challenged, as we become aware of a different history to that which we are expected to docilely accept
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 26 April 2011
For anyone who has already read Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, the documentary will not come as a surprise but more a shortened, summarised version of it. As such it works reasonably well - it will remind you of the main thrust of the argument, bring up the main examples and show some of the less savoury ones in graphical form - giving them more of a shock power than words alone can.

Where I felt the documentary worked less well is that the book's content - primarily the presentation of the arguments, and then the last part (on a possible shock resistance developing) - needed to be cut down quite a bit in order to fit into the timeframe given. This will not really matter much, if the viewer is already convinced of the merits of Klein's position. If that is not the case, however, it is unlikely to sway someone more sceptical, as it could well be perceived as treating the topic a bit too superficially. While I understand that the documentary format will not be able to completely replicate a book, an added 15 minutes could very well account for this point (and it is not like it drags on as is, so an extra 15 minutes would not make it unbearably long).

In the end, if you liked the book, the documentary will not bring any surprises and it may be a good way of refreshing your memory in a shorter time than re-reading the book. If you want to know, what the argument is really all about, I find you will be much better served by delving into the book first, as the documentary tackles a lot of the arguments in a headline, rather than in-depth manner.
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This formidable movie based on Naomi Klein's mightily important book, explains how the financial `elite' uses shocks (crises) for implementing its `free market' gospel, or, better, to increase its economic power and concomitantly its own financial interests.

Economics (general shocks)
In his mightily important book `The Secrets of the Federal Reserve', E. Mullins reveals how the financial `elite' manipulated market prices and provoked the Wall Street Crash of 1929. What they didn't foresee was the gigantic economic slump and the massive unemployment that would follow the crash. The US government had to intervene in the economy with a `New Deal': breaking up the banking system and impose regulations and governmental interventions in the economy. The `New Deal' weakened significantly the grip of the financial oligarchy on the US economy.
The `free market' gospel propagated by the Chicago School of Economics (Milton Friedman) is nothing less than a frontal attack on the legislation provided by the New Deal. The gospel defends deregulation and privatization of the economy instead of regulation and governmental intervention (through its institutions and enterprises). The gospel tries to prove and to justify that free market policies (the old order) are far better than those imposed by a government.
The implementation of a deregulated and privatized (by selling off government possessions) economy was first tested in Chile and Argentina after military coups (shocks). It didn't work. The deregulation of the US financial system ended in a worldwide financial collapse of the banking system, which had to be bailed out by governmental intervention (the people's money) at a staggering cost of thousand of billions of dollars worldwide, a mind-boggling anti-shock treatment.

Psychiatrics, psychology (personal shocks)
The movie starts with the experiments of Ewen Cameron on psychiatric patients in Canada. He tried to control (break) the minds and to reprogram (clear) the psyche of his patients with electroshocks and drugs. His methods are now used on political prisoners (`terrorists').
By creating shocks (heavy bombardments, grotesque lies, false flag operations) and also after `natural' shocks (floods) the `elite' tries to instill fear into the population in order to control their will, to implement their policies and, in fine, to prevent or to obstruct the establishment or the functioning of a real democracy.

Reactions against `elite' shock doctrine policies must come from `below', from the people, whose money was squandered in order to bail out the reckless speculations of `too big to fail' mentalities.
The solution will not come from those who want to `fight' climate change by commodifying the atmosphere (trading carbon dioxide emissions).

This movie and its extras are a must see for all those who want to understand the world we live in.
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on 16 July 2011
This may seem like a hard-hitting expose of capitalism's excesses - unless you've read the book. Seriously, the makers of this film have taken something electric, urgent and immediate, and neutered it for general consumption. There's no point sugar-coating the message of this book: capitalism is global poison. Don;t take my word for it; read the book, and you'll recognise the truth.
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VINE VOICEon 25 January 2012
Naomi Klein's book was one of the best non-fiction books of recent years, a masterwork of history, economics and politics, melded to a coherent narrative thrust. It was detailed, accurate and compelling. Unfortunately, this documentary interpretation is pretty lightweight in comparison.

In the liner notes, director Michael Winterbottom writes that this film was made with his eighteen year old daughter in mind - that is, that the film was designed to be easily consumed by somebody with no prior knowledge of the events being discussed (the collapse of the Berlin wall and the Soviet Union, the Dirty Wars of Central and South America, the kidnap and torture of those deemed enemies of the (Western) states, the miner's strike, the 2008 economic collapse). That ambition is admirable but because this film is so short (just over eighty minutes), there is no way that any of these events can be discussed beyond the superficial; to both discuss those events and present the thesis of the shock doctrine itself and how it relates to this history, is simply not possible in the time allowed.

This filmed version of the Shock Doctrine can be considered as a brief introduction to the general ideas contained in the book; if you want to know more (in the words of Starship Troopers), then reading the book is essential. For those who have read Klein's great book, this film presents some archive footage intercut with her public lectures and as such, is valuable only as visual reference material.
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on 2 May 2011
Excellent, as I expected, even if more than just a little shocking. Should be compulsory viewing for us all - might open our eyes a little more and jolt us out of our fatal lethargy.
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on 28 March 2012
The shock doctrine is a shocking documentary...which gives a different view on various issues, such as why poverty is on the increase and the undelying philosophy of today's economic structures, which unfortunately are unjust, and planned to be so, but still there seems to exist enough power for them to survive!
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