From: Sun Yan Class 1
To: Prof. Zhang Chunbo
Subject: Sicko film review
Date: Dec. 9, 2008
Movie Type: Documentary
Plot: A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories.
Director: Michael Moore
Writer: Michael Moore
Producer: Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Kathleen Glynn, Michael Moore, Meghan O'Hara, Rehya Young
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 123min
MPAA Rating: PG13
A Reflection of the Sickening American Health Care System
----A film review of Sicko
Nowadays when people talk about modern documentaries, one name often springs to mind—Michael Moore—an Academy Award-winning American filmmaker, author, liberal political commentator, the director and producer of Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11. His latest effort, Sicko, is a scathing indictment of the American health care system, a sole-reaching portray of the underdog in pain, and a well-made documentary with its problems, too.
Sicko investigates the American health care system, focusing on its health insurance and pharmaceutical industry. The tragedy of many stories told in this film is heartbreaking. Loved ones die, not getting the health care they deserve，for the health care companies want to maximize their profit and consider them as burdens. The director intentionally traces the historical footsteps back to a taped discussion between Nixon and his adviser, finding out the origin of private health care in America. That conversation alone lets you know how little the American Government care about the poor people, and driven by the greed how mean and merciless the health care companies can be. Most viewers, not only Americans, feel astonished and angry while watching it, and people simply can’t help asking how come the richest country in the world let its citizens suffer for the sake of money?
As the film goes on, more and more stories come to the surface. Though being a bit...