5: Sicko (I’m looking at you America)

Sicko – June 22, 2007
Starring: All kinds of random humans
Written and directed by: Michael Moore

The plot: “A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories.” – IMDB

My thoughts: Apparently, I decided that the ideal way to spend a Friday night would be to watch a documentary that would make me rage about my country and eat Klondike bars; a questionable evening at best.

A lot of people have serious issues with Michael Moore and to a degree, I get that. While in most of his documentaries, he’s exposing a wrong being done by someone or an institution, the fact is, you’re still getting a biased point of view. And honestly, it’s somewhat tricky to make a documentary that doesn’t have a slant in one direction or the other. In the case of Sicko, I fully believe that every American citizen should sit down and spend two hours watching Moore’s documentary about the health care industry.

Moore’s past documentaries typically featured him antagonizing the group of people he was aiming to get answers from and ultimately criticize. But Sicko, is a documentary that focuses on people, hears their side of things and rather than spend two hours slamming the American health care system (which is not to say he doesn’t spend a bit of time getting his jabs in), he spends most of his time trying to figure out what other countries are getting right.

My one issue with Sicko is that Moore didn’t really address any strategies to reform the system. He simply said “Look at Canada. Look at England. Look at France. Look at Cuba. Let’s do this!” A lot easier said than done. I would have liked for Moore to offer a few possible solutions or steps we could take to get America on a universal health care system.

All in all, even if you’re a Moore hater or an uninformed conservative, you should see Sicko. I think it’s an honest look at what’s going on with health care in the U.S. It’s far less biased than Fahrenheit 9/11 and will hopefully make people get a feel for why it’s all a big vicious circle.

Stars: 4.5


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