For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet, drugs are cheaper, purer and more available today than ever. Where did we go wrong?
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An immensely valuable work of activist filmmaking, impressive in scope and thoroughly convincing as argument. Though the sections involving Jarecki's personal connection to the subject are clunkily integrated into the overall tapestry.
Such an important subject that I found myself wishing the movie was a TV series instead. A series would have allowed the viewer to spend more time with each facet of such a huge issue. Still, it succeeds in getting the point across that the failed War on Drugs is something every American should care about.
An extremely thought-provoking documentary about one of the most worrisome structural problems in American society today: incarceration. After reporting on the sorry state of US public schools and teachers in Waiting for Superman, Eugene Jarecki delivers another punch that is bound to get us thinking again.
Asks all the right questions about all the right problems. The movie slowly gets under your skin and compels you to acknowledge the cold hard fact that the higher powers of this nation are committing more unspeakable crimes than th[ose] they incarcerate to pad their own wallets, assure their societal positions, demonstrate their influence, justify inflated budgets and ameliorate their infantile Anglo fears.-FilmSlate