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Sicko
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Nov 13, 2007 By: Sturdy
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Michael Moore

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Michael Moore

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Michael Moore tackles the United States health care system by comparing it to other countries. He also uses several people as examples of how the system is broken and the different ways it can hurt you.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Itís very difficult to review a Michael Moore film. Moore doesnít make actual documentaries, he makes propaganda films and heís anything but biased. Therefore, it inspires the audience to debate the content of the film rather than judge the quality of how the film was made. So with that in mind, Iíll make a considered effort to avoid the healthcare topic and instead, will try to focus on the filmmaking.

As with previous Moore films, he tends to lose focus early on in his movies. I think he probably starts out to tell an unbiased tale of corruption at GM, or the events of 9/11 or the problems with the healthcare system, but he ends up trying to convince the audience of his point. Such was the case with SICKO. He spends a lot of time exploring the healthcare systems of small, European countries, but doesnít delve into how they actually work, or compare any statistics. The overall ďrankĒ of healthcare systems is really the only data we look at. Moore needed a more in-depth look at the countryís overall statistics in order to show how theyíre doing better or worse than the USA.

Then Moore spent way too much time with personal examples, much like he did with ROGER AND ME. We hear a lot of people talk about how loved ones have died due to the logistical red tape in the US system, but their stories offer more questions than answers. I would have also liked to hear from the people that denied their claims or refused to help them. Although I know humans from all countries are capable of horrible things, I find it hard to believe a doctor would refuse to save someoneís life because they didnít have insurance, especially a babyís.

So at the end of the day, filmmakers and film buffs will be able to pick this movie to pieces. I think you could write a novel about all the things Moore said wrong or didnít say at all. But it makes you think and, more importantly, makes you talk. Isnít that the point? With that in mind, this is a film that everyone should see.
THE EXTRAS
Sicko Goes To Washington (8:42): This is like watching CNN with someone you actually know. Moore goes to Washington and speaks with congress about better health care. He tries to urge people to write their congressmen. This wasnít bad and at least Moore is trying to do something about it, even if it is free publicity for his film.

This Country Beats France (10:02): This shows clips from all the news channels slamming the film. More then tells us how Norway has even better health care than all of the countries he mentioned in the movie. This was fun and probably should have been included in the film.

Uniquely American (4:37): This was more of a positive piece showing how Americans rally money for those in need of health care. I think the inclusion of this wouldíve at helped Moore seem unbiased. This was more fit for an actual documentary. Maybe thatís why I liked it.

What if you Worked for GE in France? (3:27): Employees that work for GE in France still get the standard French benefits. Obviously, Moore isnít a big fan of GE and this doesnít help.

Sister Mary Fidel (1:27): This is more pro-Cuba material. Moore interviews a nun and she talks about how well off the people of Cuba are. Sure, they get free health care and live on a paradise island, but can they get Chinese food delivered at 3 in the morning? I think not.

What Would Jesus Deny (6:05): This is yet another sob story about people that needed health care but couldnít get it. At this point, Iím numb to it and thatís a shame because these people really had it rough. I think this was a better (worse) story than many in the film and probably should have been in the final cut.

More With Mike and Tony Benn (16:17): Tony Benn returns and talks more about British parliament. I didnít find this aspect very interesting so this didnít do much for me.

Interview Gallery (26:49): This is an entire featurette that tries to give credit to what Moore is saying. I imagine this was made as a retort to some of Mooreís detractors and it did a fine job of legitimizing the film. However, I think it would have been neat to have a counter to this featurette from the people that disagreed with him.

A different Kind of Hollywood Premiere (2:44): At this point, Moore canít sneeze without someone accusing him of ulterior motives. So with that in mind, Moore has his premiere in a bad section of LA with normal people as opposed to Hollywood types. This covered the premiere and was mildly interesting.

There were also some Previews and a Music Video
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
All Moore films have their share of problems, but they all inspire people to talk about them. Whether you agree with it or not, SICKO is a good film to watch with intelligent people and it just might help you question your own healthcare system.
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