Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times Image

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  • Summary: This documentary presents the latest in Chomsky's thinking, through a lengthy interview and a series of public talks that he gave in New York and California during the spring of 2002.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. At 73, Chomsky seems to understand everything about power and aggression -- except, that is, its centrality to human nature.
  2. With Chomsky as its star, this documentary cannot go far wrong, even though filmmaker John Junkerman intersperses Chomsky footage with some really bad Japanese pop music.
  3. A searching and wide-ranging debate has unfolded about America's response to terrorism and, more broadly, about the history and future of its role in the world. Mr. Junkerman's film is best understood as a necessary, if partisan, text in that continuing argument.
  4. Chomsky deserves a more thoughtful documentary than Power and Terror, and in fact he got it in 1993's "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media" --The film's main flaw is the absence of other voices -- From a cinematic point of view, two sides of an issue are always better than one.
  5. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Offers a lively introduction to the highly articulate political dissident and to his controversial views on 9/11.
  6. 50
    Michael Moore makes many of the same points, with far more impact, in "Bowling for Columbine."
  7. 20
    Dull and meandering documentary.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5