The Corporation

Director: Jennifer Abbott and Mark Achbar
Year Released: 2003
Rating: 3.0

Leftist critique of the dominance of corporations in the lives of everyone, how they're contributing to the environment's decline and what can be done to, if not stop them, then at least slow them down. Since corporations, since their inception, have gained the status as "individuals," the filmmakers play this coy little game of judging them as individuals and therefore subject to psychological evaluation, with the final diagnosis being one of insanity. Thought the documentary could be accused of trying to cover entirely too much ground and too many topics in such a short period of time and - like Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick's film on Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent - might be a smidge too free with the endless supply of stock footage, the producers are trying for mass exposure and appeal, and have enlisted a good number of free thinkers to add to their thesis (Michael Moore and Chomsky are valuable as always, and it's nice to see level-headed Naomi Klein contribute to the movie).