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The most powerful segment of this film for me shows how the Yes Men self-financed the print of 100,000 mock-up copies of the New York Times, dated 6 months in the future and gave them out to early morning commuters in the city of Manhattan. This 'special edition' detailed fictional achievements including a military withdrawal from Iraq and massive environmental investments by the world's biggest polluters. So believable were these achievements that it's readers were reduced to tears, realising how obtainable these potential realities could be achieved if the powerful few had a notion to make it so.
BUY IT, WATCH IT, LEARN FROM IT, ( "don't" copy it, "don't" distribute it) LOVE IT.
Come on lads, let's give it a go.
Their aims are noble - to highlight the damage caused to the everyday people, the ones who are always made to suffer for the errors, lack of oversight and sheer arrogance of governments and global corporations. While showcasing the plight of the little guy, this film also serves another purpose: quite powerfully, it shows us just how gullible, corrupt and shameless some of our elected representatives can really be, and why the public may be best advised to consider if they can't represent themselves better.
To say that this revealing and gob-smacking film has been overlooked is a massive understatement, and quite simply it deserves greater recognition. It's a hard-hitting documentary, and a good afternoon's light-hearted entertainment to boot. In one moment, you're marveling at the comedic genius behind their latest prank, but in the next you're chilled to the bone at how easily some things can be swept under the carpet, with enough media silence and enough money changing hands. You'd be a fool to miss it :)
What can I say. I think the idea is (mostly) genius! but very bitter/sweet and at the end of it, it may even leave you using your imagination quite differently.
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You will die laughing if the capitalists don't get your first.Published 21 months ago by E. E. Smith
"The yes Men" (I had never heard of them before) go around pretending to be the spokespeople of the US treasury, Multi-Nationals, etc. Read morePublished on 7 July 2013 by Chu-i
A good cheap present and a funny film in a "peer from behind the sofa" kind of way. Personally, I think good comedy should make you feel a little uncomfortable. Read morePublished on 13 April 2013 by steve pearce