Fascinating insight into the flaws of human ego and personality as much as the innate nature of chimpanzees. Powerful and unsettling throughout, though sensed the ending scenes lacked the critical depth and attention of the rest of the film, and as a result felt somewhat contrived.
An intriguing documentary unfortunately filled with most unlikeable people. Certainly worth a watch - some of he behind the scenes drama of the experiment beats anything Hollywood could offer! The real star, Nim, is ultimately a victim of the people around him, making this a sad watch, though compelling.
Poor Nim, becoming the subject of scientific novelty and instability. This documentary not only explores the life that Nim had but also people surrounding his journey and the decisions they made and consequently, implications of that. It was touching and sensitive and I still think respectful to Nim even though he wasn't treated particularly right through his life.
Pretty bad realisation about an interesting subject, which would have deserved a good quality, neutral tone and an exploration of the glaring mistakes that happened through the project. Instead we get some emotionally loaded declarations and a glimpse into the path of sexual discovery of the head researcher. And in the end, not much to take with.
A fascinating an often slightly unsettling documentary about the perils of anthropomorphising nature and the seemingly insurmountable barriers between species, even those so close to us genetically. Well worth a watch, would make a good double bill with Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
It's just as well that chimps ARE forgiving because if a human child had been that fucked around God knows what sort of an adult he would have grown up to be. Some deeply disturbing, deluded, human behaviour on exhibition here. Great pace to the film, it gripped me to the end.
A fascinating film/documentary. So easy to judge with hindsight but would have my feelings and sensibilities in the 70's be the same as they are now ? (almost certainly not). Quite a chilling and disturbing tale though not without it's highs too. Well worth a watch.
Interesting documentary, and worth watching for its insight into the relationships between humans and animals – veering from romantic and idealized to cynical and cruel. But nearly every person in this film came across as hapless or deluded or, in the case of Dr Terrace, an asshole.
Failed social experiment. Americans should never have been given the liberties they enjoyed in the 70's. Very little good in this. I'm no softie for animals, but the poor hapless puppet, tossed around like a rag doll by his human tormentors, makes for a great victim.
This documentary is about a very ambitious man (Prof. Herbert Terrace) who stops at nothing to get what he wants in the name of research. He is/was a manipulative, vain man with scarce empathy and a thirst purely for his own academic achievement. Nim was one of the many casualties of his narcissism. Heartbreaking. A well composed documentary about the HUMAN condition.