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Sicko is a Michael Moore documentary about the corrupt health care system in The United States who's main goal is to make profit even if it means losing peoples lives. "The more people you deny health insurance the more money we make" is the business model for health care providers in America.
So... I'm moving to France now.
Sicko came out in a particularly upsetting time in my life. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2005. Two years later, my health was so unreliable that it was a major reason my family chose to close the doors on the business we'd owned and operated for twenty years. No single topic has dominated my daily life these last eight years more than the vulnerability of the sick and injured in America. Not even Batman.
Michael Moore is still prone to theatrics - witness his stunt trip in the finale to Cuba - but there's a decidedly lighter touch here than in Bowling for Columbine or Fahrenheit 9/11. There's a lot less mockery, less spiking the football. Moore's focus…
Slap bang in the middle of an EPIC 10 hour marathon of Community seasons one and two, me and my friend James Haves, feeling as if our Letterboxd diaries would appear empty with all this TV action, decided to watch a film. Somehow Sicko ended up in the DVD player.
Let's get it clear. Someone's point can be completely right but when their method of developing the argument is self-aggrandizing, one-sided and manipulative, it doesn't help. Playing "Adagio Strings" during a confession sequence, or mocking the other side (which I totally agree with, however, not during a documentary, where the main purpose is to document).
Despite this, Moore still has a completely valid point about the disgusting nature of the…
Upon a second viewing, I realized something even more grave than just an indictment on American Healthcare...
Every foreign citizen interviewed was scared of America. Whether it be Moore's Canadian grandparents that said, "They're not simple, but certainly nice." Or the French doctor that was apologizing to said nation before saying what is wrong with their healthcare implementation.
How can anything be done by America to further our healthcare if people that aren't affected by it are afraid to say anything against it?
That's the underlying message here, and it's horrifying.
Another great documentary by Michael Moore, this time about American healthcare. It lacks some of the ambition and depth of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine, but Sicko might very well be the most "entertaining" of his films. It's a lot more accessible as well, as its easier to find overt faults in America's healthcare system than in its government, due to conditioning. If I we're to recommend someone checking out Moore's films, this is where I'd recommend to start.
Michael Moore's documentaries have this wonderful ability to both blatantly and unashamedly manipulate, but also to highlight social/ political concerns with a modicum of good humour.
Residing in a country that can boast a National Health Service, the American Health Care system is a difficult notion to conceive of, and the issues this documentary addresses are indeed, extremely worrying.
His usual heavy handedness is apparent here, and the Guantanamo/ Cuba stunt with the 9/11 heroes is dramatically staged but that fact does little to detract from the emotional heft of the situation. And the final piece about paying for his biggest naysayer's wife's healthcare seemed at odds with the manner in which the rest of the documentary was conducted.
A solid doc. I just wish Michael Moore was less of a showman and had let the facts do the talking instead.
Michael Moore looks at America's f*cked up health system, (one of most expensive in the world, and poorly performing compared to other developed countries). He finds it wanting, and treks off around the world to see if the way that other systems are portrayed to the American public is true. Those of us living in countries where health care is free to all, will know the truth of what he shows us in the film. It should be a warning to anyone who has a vote in the imminent UK general election, health care run as a profit-making system doesn't benefit anyone except those making the profits. This film even had me admiring Wedgwood-Benn's input, I was never very fond of him whilst he was alive but he spoke wisely in this film.
Michael Moore's Sicko make me realize how much a sicko he truly is.
- Chris Day - Director
Great! A little too emotional and manipulative, but its core message is still true.
Also, I love Michael Moore's style of ironic editing and musical juxtaposition.
A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories.
Although it's made in the director's usual humorous and ironic vein this particular topic turns out be a very sad one.
And I'm very glad I live in Europe..
While my (kind of) dear Sweden has gone towards more and more liberalism the past decade or so, I'm still very privileged to have grown up in such a country. This is something that becomes very evident when watching Michael Moore exemplify the inhuman treatments involved in the american health care system. That's also one of the things Moore does best in Sicko, by traveling to the UK, France and Canada to examine their health care, he manages to create a very relatable and easy comparison and understanding of what's going on in america.
Still, while Moore does lots of things right in this movie, I can't help but feel that it's a but to much... Well, Moore-ish over it.…
One of the best films of 2007. I really wasn't expecting to make that claim about a film that discusses America’s health care system. But Michael Moore doesn't hold back, he explores the complete picture as to why U.S. citizens suffer while other countries you wouldn't expect have far superior social health systems. The stuff in Cuba with the 9/11 workers was just amazing. Easily better than FARENHEIT 9/11, which I didn't think could be possible.
Of course I agree(d) with him, but that's not enough to justify his methods. There's a moment in all of Moore's crusades where he does something so tastelessly unfair that I check out. That moment in Bowling for Columbine was when he bombarded a near senile Charlton Heston with difficult, rapid fire questioning and used Heston's deteriorating mental state as a patsy for the NRA's involuntary admission of guilt. Sicko has more of those garish moments, getting painfully "this ad was paid for by the DNC," having Moore go to Guantanamo and ask whether war criminals should be deserving of better medical care than patriots. He then makes an unconvincing argument for Cuba's health care superiority. Major check out moment.
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