Film Review: Food, Inc

This film has been in my Netflix instant queue for a while now and I finally found the time to watch it. I’m not exactly sure what drew me to this film, but honestly it was exactly what I thought it would be…which is probably why I don’t have a whole lot to say about it.

Food, Inc. (directed by Robert Kenner) explores the dark side of the American food industry. Everything from how the big food corporations control everything that is produced to how it is produced to all of the consequences (deaths, lawsuits, etc.) that come from the industrialization of the food industry. I must say that the filmmakers’ goal of trying to educate and also slightly scare the public into understanding the way the food industry is currently working definitely worked. It is a horrifying documentary to watch.

In terms of production value (which is what I usually focus on in films), this documentary quite surprised me. It did a wonderful job of combining b-roll footage and voice overs along with interviews to create a compelling story that I couldn’t look away from, no matter how much I tried. My absolute favorite part though had to be the opening credits sequence, which takes the viewer through the grocery store and sets up the premise of the film. But, while this is happening the credits of those involved with production are being shown on food labels and such throughout the store. The integration was genius.

Honestly, I don’t have a whole lot to say on this documentary. It was very well done and something that I think more Americans should watch. Perhaps if they did, the food industry would start to change and we could escape the stereotype of the “fat American”.

Food, Inc. runs 94 minutes and is currently available to watch via Netflix.

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