- Actors: Greg Kinnear, Bruce Willis, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Wilmer Valderrama, Ana Claudia Talancón
- Directors: Richard Linklater
- Writers: Richard Linklater, Eric Schlosser
- Producers: Alexandra Stone, Ann Carli, Chris Salvaterra, David M. Thompson, Edward Saxon
- Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: English, Spanish
- Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
- Dubbed: Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Fox Video (Canada) Limited
- Release Date: March 6 2007
- Run Time: 116 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000MEYKAU
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,718 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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However, upon reflection, you really do get the necessary resolve, albeit not a BIG dramatic movie one. (Spoilers ahead)
Kinnear starts off with integrity, but in the end, does the practical thing and basically sells out so that he doesn't lose his job. To the character's credit, he does mention that further study is needed, but it's a deferral to someone else, passing off the buck so that he doesn't have to deal with what he's discovered. And yet, despite this, you empathize with the character, which shows us just how it is that the evil corporate machine continues unabated. Kinnear's character is no hero. But it's hard to say he's a villain either. He's ultimately weak, which is a trait that's all too common in a society beset by pressures and choosing compromise.
The Mexican girl, who up till the end, manages to maintain a measure of integrity, is suddenly forced to comprise everything, including her very person, for the sake of saving her husband after an plant-accident leaves him with hospitals bills they can't afford. Her story is the darkest and most tragic and the one the film ends on. She, in many respects, is, like the cattle, prodded and pushed to their eventual slaughter and dismemberment. Her tears at the end are for the poor creatures, herself and really all the migrant workers who are exploited by a corporate/political machine that doesn't care about them, and will use them up in the belief they're actually doing them a favor.
The teenage girl is the story's hopeful side. She yearns for a life of integrity, and is wise enough to learn the lessons imparted upon her from an uncle (who has past regrets), using it to make some courageous stances, one that fails, but one that succeeds. She leaves the film on a new life path of proactive movement, away from the trap, and with like-minded individuals.
Everything about these three characters is extremely realistic and human. It's a great film that will benefit from discussion afterwards.
It is a dramatic feature film geared around some of the concepts mentioned in the book of the same name (author, Eric Schlosser).
I do appreciate movies with thematic or social significance, but they're better flicks if they subdue the overt message. Provoke thought without dictating thought. Or otherwise, make a documentary...
Most of the subplots failed to engage. I've already read the book, and watched Food, Inc. -- both of which I highly recommend instead of this. Drama-wise, probably the best scene in the movie happens just about at the very end: without giving it away, the illegal woman from Mexico who first found employment in a motel has financial need to switch to working for the slaughterhouse. She's a fine actress. I also appreciate the crusty old cattle rancher, but he gets about 5 minutes of screen time. There's one other moment (which would really give too much away) that I appreciate. But overall -- give this film / video a pass.
This is a graphic and shocking film, I am not a keen admirer of American shock tactics for fun, but if the events are accurate- then people need to be aware. Really, what can be said? If people open their eyes, they will see that people are fat and sick, and older people can remember that food doesn't taste the way it probably used to. The film was not an enjoyable thing- but eye popping, to say the least. I held on til the end, I did leave a few times, however, as I am not as jaded as my spouse.
As a chef, I am involved in what my food is made of, I also spent all my life in another country and have a totally different food relationship than what I have seen here.
You are what you eat. End of.
Happy cows are healthy cows, eat sensibly. Eat responsibly. If one must eat meat, do your best to eat organic and ethically killed meats. Research this stuff for yourself- it info is out there. Research Kosher food laws, and try to seek out Kosher foods, as it won't be filled with stress adrenaline.
This is more of a commentary than a review but take what you will from it.
I read a review that said they wished for closure on the Greg Kinnear story arc... The closure was, that there was NO closure to his thread... or any of the other threads.
I think many viewers wanted something (ironically) neatly packaged for easy consumption... maybe spoonfed?
The whole movie was basically a "six degrees of separation" of the fast food industry.
Yes, for the most part illegal aliens do work in meat processing plants... yes the women may or may not have to do things to get ahead (but that happens EVERYWHERE).
Impressionable youths go off and become crusaders, and people that know what really goes on in the industry stay in there cushy jobs collecting a fat check, and turn the other cheek.
That's it for now. I'll add more later.