A review of “The Corporation” by Jeanne Aufmuth

 

Stars: ***

Rating: Not Rated, but could be PG for mildly adult situations

Run Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes

 

 

If a corporation is considered a person, what kind of person is the corporation?  That’s the premise behind this insightful documentary dissecting the world’s most significant institution.

The essence of a corporation is one of the greatest untold stories of the 20th century. Corporations are the ultimate arbiters of technology in an era of globalization and the reign of the free market, burdened with a staggering pressure to deliver results. The Civil War and the Industrial Revolution were merely a jumping off point for what is considered the dominant establishment of our times.  

Have a few bad apples given the corporation a bad name, or is the corporation as sinister an entity as Nazi Germany? Based on Joel Bakan’s book of the same name (aptly subtitled “The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power”), The Corporation endeavors to equitably examine the way in which corporations function, their impact on our society, and their potential influence on our future.  The repercussions of the cutthroat pursuit of the profit margin are nothing short of a contemporary horror story.

Utilizing numerous visual aids and incisive interviews with such socio-economic experts as Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn and Farenheit 9/11’s Michael Moore, this exhaustive (but overly long) documentary strips the veneer off of corporations’ benevolent by-the-people/for-the-people posturing and goes straight to the core of its oft malignant ways.

The Corporation delivers its message with a one-two punch, engaging brokers, players, pawns and whistle-blowers to recount the power of its invincible force. Mandatory viewing for conspiracy theorists and business lovers alike.