I don't fault Scientology for having a bonkers backstory. Plenty of religions have that going for them. But the insane level of abuses and manipulation shown here are unbelievable. It's hard to look at any celebrity involved in this and manage to give them a "pass" for being entertaining.
Still kind of in shock that HBO had deep enough pockets to lawyer up for this one but I'm glad they did. Hopefully it allows some people to leave, even if it does mean being labeled an SP.
If I were a more eloquent individual I could wax on about how powerful and important this movie is. The story of such a huge dissent told while it is happening is a bit unreal. I wish there were some uplifting message at the end about governments reigning it in but I saw none.
Must see for anyone. Period.
It's hard to see a movie like this because my immediate reaction is to gush all about it, an enthusiasm that often betrays the true goodness of a film (like the rush after a roller coaster, it's good but fleeting).
So, I refrain from the gushing just to keep an air objectivity. It is an engagingly moody piece of work that is often genuinely tense. It also happens to be shot incredibly well and comes with a forlorn sweetness you…