Meat

Meat ★★★★

The final entry in part one of Cinefamily's Frederick Wiseman retrospective, Meat takes a visceral, warts-and-all look at the meat-packing industry. Wiseman takes us from the cow grazing in the field all the way to the boxes loaded on the truck, and it's not a pleasant sight. I don't think Wiseman is arguing against carnivorism in general, but the slow exploration of the plant certainly exposes how inhumane the industrialization of the whole process is. The standout sequence is Wiseman's tracking down the dis-assembly line, as the cows are broken down into the steaks that will ultimately be eaten by eager consumers. Meat is the first of Wiseman's films to examine a process in depth, and it's fascinating. And more than a little disturbing.