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message 1: by Phillip (last edited Apr 22, 2009 10:14AM) (new)

Phillip | 10782 comments Fast Food Nation (Richard Linklater)

Many critics failed to see the beauty of Richard Linklater’s Fast Food Nation by expecting him to accurately reveal the mass of information in Eric Schlosser’s excellent book. To do so would have taken 16 hours of documentary footage, but Linklater (w/Schlosser as screen writer) chose to take the central theme of the book: failure – and course it through a few of the socio-political problems illustrated in the best-selling paperback.

If you’ve read Schlosser’s unforgettable rant you know how powerful the meat industry is and how much lobbying influence it has in Washington D.C. and beyond. With that in mind, it seems astounding that the film could be made in the America we live in today. Depictions of corporate cover-ups, toxic food manufacturing, the meat industry’s blatant disregard for the lives and safety of their employees (the same “illegal” immigrants that politicians and the bigoted citizenry love to hate), questionable slaughter-house practices, and the deep apathy that has cast a hypnotic spell on today’s corporate-driven suburban landscapes all populate the crowded world of Fast Food Nation.

Mr. Linklater’s film (like the book it is based on) reflects just how far we have fallen from the American Dream that ushered in drive-up service and neatly packaged suburban charm. If Americans find FFN hard to digest it is because they are getting a close look at not only what is in the beef, but also the willing subject devouring it. Far more complex than a mere poke at flesh as food, Fast Food Nation presents contrasting viewpoints on what it is to be an American in our culture of rapid convenience.


message 2: by Tom (new)

Tom | 5487 comments Great review of a chilling and misunderstood film.


message 3: by Phillip (new)

Phillip | 10782 comments thanks tom, i LOVED the book, couldn't put it down, and thought this a fine realization of it. i think linklater has a lot of talent, and am usually impressed with the quality and vision of his films.


message 4: by Tom (new)

Tom | 5487 comments If there's a more frightening image of contemporary America than the corral full of animals who don't realize they can escape if they want to, I haven't found it.

Linklater is one of the best American directors out there.


message 5: by Phillip (new)

Phillip | 10782 comments i would have to agree on your assessment of the image of the animals in the corral. potent stuff!

agreed on linklater, he's really consistent and seems to be dealing with a lot of issues and ideas that represent country i live in.


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