In this eye-popping montage of archival and news footage and interviews, Johan Grimonprez exposes the shadow world of the global arms trade, where corruption, lies, and greed drive covert relationships between politicians, industry executives, military and intelligence officials, and arms dealers.
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It provides a parallel, at times convergent, narrative to Adam Curtis' HyperNormalisation. Both filmmakers show who the real terrorists are. The gist: America does not have a decent, affordable, humane health care system or free higher education because of Dick Cheney, Lockheed Martin, and Ronald Reagan. BTW, Obama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, has sold more weapons than any other US president since WWII.
4.5 The documentary shows us how some companies and countries rule the world just to make profit with weapon sales.Some politicians and companies don't care about human life, only money matters to them. The most important things are; money, power and profit. Before watching it, i was expecting to see some important things about Syria but there was only a few. Nobody wants a peace cause peace doesn't make you profit.
The film is visually beautiful. So often with this type of film the information comes first and the image is the odd bit of scenic B-Roll - not here. Grimonprez crafts beautiful asides throughout. Narratively, the film suffers a little from throwing in too much and not linking the segments enough into a well constructed polemic. Having said that, it rarely panders, which is good. Should be seen. I hope it is.