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(doc) (2003) 97% (0%) 4) NYT Critics' Pick http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?_r=2&res=9903E4DA1E3DF933A25751C1A9659C8B63 * * * * "See my profile for the key to this code" * * * * SYNOPSIS: "A comic clash of cultures that combusts when AES, an American energy company, tries to transform the dysfunctional electric system in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, "Power Trip" provides unique insights into the role played by a major American company in an impoverished, corrupt, almost Third World country, Georgia." CONSENSUS: "What makes "Power Trip" unusually interesting is the fact that Devlin refuses to take sides. He clearly sympathizes both with the people of Georgia and the horrendous problems they face when their power supply is shut down, and also with the generally good-natured, hard-working and amiable AES-Telasi employees. There isn't a hint of "ugly American" bashing in the film." MOTIVATION FOR ME TO SEE: In browsing the catalogue a while ago, I came across the documentary series Docurama. This title from that series looked interesting, and when I ran it through the NYT website, I saw that it was a Critics' Pick. Since my bicycling expeditions throughout the world have resulted in broadening my cultural interests, I guess I have taken a keen interest in situations where countries have been impacted by U.S. corporations, for good or ill.
posted Jun 1, 2009 at 3:00PM
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