Freakonomics: The Movie (2010)

Freakonomics film movie review

Rated: PG-13
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 1 Hour 33 Minutes
Director: Alex Gibney, Rachel Grady & Heidi Ewing, Seth Gord
Cast: James Ransone, Zoe Sloane, Alisha Nagarsheth

Synopsis: “Alex Gibney delivers a visually arresting look at the crumbling façade of Sumo wrestling and exposes searing and violent truths about this ancient and revered sport. Morgan Spurlock offers up a buoyant and revealing angle on the repercussions of baby names. Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing balance levity and candor with their eye-opening profile of underachieving kids incentivized to learn with cold hard cash. Finally, Eugene Jarecki, who brought us the unforgettably powerful WHY WE FIGHT, investigates an unsettling theory to explain why crime rates dramatically dropped in the early ’90s. Seth Gordon weaves the pieces together with brisk interludes, providing context and commentary from the authors. FREAKONOMICS exposes the hidden side of everything, debunking conventional wisdom, and revealing what answers may come if one just asks the right questions” (GSC Movies).

Verdict: No idea why it took two years for this to be released in Malaysia and I’m not sure why they bother releasing it here at all. Freakonomics explores very interesting topics involving human behaviour in the United States but it fails to show sufficient facts and support for its controversial theories which I believe their book does. The thing that’s very odd about the film is the sequence of its topics; the middle part of the film is engaging but the final chapter, although relevant, seems out of place and anti-climatic, leaving me dissatisfied when the closing credits rolled. There may be a reason for that but I just didn’t see it. Malaysian viewers, be advised that there aren’t any subtitles for the screenings at the cinemas.

Second opinion: “Quite good but yeah, anti-climatic” (Josh Chow).

Favourite topics: “Pure Corruption” and “It’s Not Always A Wonderful Life”.

If there was a similar documentary about Malaysia… the producers and the entire crew would probably be killed by now. By whom? You know I know lah.

Rating: 3 / 5

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  1. HenRy LeE

    documentary genre movies are good to watch alone at home but yeah… i guess these similar movies already been made in Malaysia and they had show some of them in the Festival Filem Malaysia 🙂

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  3. Erin's Big BUT

    Its normal for book-to-silver screen adaptation fails horribly. For instance, Harry Potter. They are 'eternally' young, cute and innocent in the book, but not in the movie (LOL). furthermore, when you try to compress a book into a 2 hours show, it will be disastrous.

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