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An epic in length and breadth, this documentary aims at nothing less than a full-scale portrait of the most dominant institution on the planet Earth in our lifetime--a phenomenon all the more remarkable, if not downright frightening, when you consider that the corporation as we know it has been around for only about 150 years. It used to be that corporations were, by definition, short-lived and finite in agenda. If a town needed a bridge built, a corporation was set up to finance and complete the project; when the bridge was an accomplished fact, the corporation ceased to be. Then came the 19th-century robber barons, and the courts were prevailed upon to define corporations not as get-the-job-done mechanisms but as persons under the 14th Amendment with full civil rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (i.e., power and profit)--ad infinitum.
The Corporation defines this endlessly mutating life-form in exhaustive detail, measuring the many ways it has not only come to dominate but to deform our reality. The movie performs a running psychoanalysis of this entity with the characteristics of a prototypical psychopath: a callous unconcern for the feelings and safety of others, an incapacity to experience guilt, an ingrained habit of lying for profit, etc. We are swept away on a demented odyssey through an altered cosmos, in which artificial chemicals are created for profit and incidentally contribute to a cancer epidemic; in which the folks who brought us Agent Orange devise a milk-increasing drug for a world in which there is already a glut of milk; in which an American computer company leased its systems to the Nazis--and serviced them on a monthly basis--so that the Holocaust could go forward as an orderly process.
The movie goes on too long, circles too many points obsessively and redundantly, and risks preaching-to-the-choir reductiveness by calling on the usual talking-head suspects--Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Michael Moore. And except for an endlessly receding tracking shot in an infinite patents archive, there's scarcely an image worth recalling. Still, it maps the new reality. This is our world--welcome to it. --Richard T. Jameson --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
While the documentary is well produced, I do not think it presented anything new that anyone who understands everyday economics and business did not already know. Read morePublished 2 months ago by O Canada
One of the best and most timely documentaries there is. If you haven't seen it watch it!Published 7 months ago by MEK
A truthful look at how corporations have twisted things to suit their own bottom lines...and much more... well put together and very informative.Published 16 months ago by GMAN
One of the best DVD's on the topic of corporate greed that has been released. Well written, well narrated and with credible accounts from experts in recognizable, respected and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Avid Fan
Wow. This film is a must see. Not demonising anyone or anything, but a very honest assessment of how it is that large (and especially multi-national) corporations are consistently... Read morePublished on July 28 2010 by Derek Satnik
Fantastic, entertaining, enlightening, educational film. I agree - not only every single secondary school student should watch it AND have discussions/debates afterwards in their... Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2009 by Concerned World Citizen
Mark Achbar's review is included inappropriately under this edition of the DVD. It lends the impression that this is a 2 DVD set.
THIS edition is a single DVD. Read more
A great testament to the way the corprate world has influenced and shaped our societies and, perhaps, ourselves. Read morePublished on April 8 2007 by Aaron Donnelly