Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Sicko: A Four-Sentence Movie Review

One thing that I've always admired about Michael Moore's films, something that always made me want to watch anything he made, was his willingness to ask tough questions and confronting executives with the consequences of their decisions. Think about him trying to ask Roger Smith why GM was closing its plant in Flint, or bringing a Columbine victim to KMart headquarters, asking for a refund on the ammunition still lodged in his body. Sicko gave Moore the opportunity to show his fearlessness once again, to take someone who had been victimized by his or her health care provider, someone who had lost a loved one because a treatment wasn't covered by insurance, and confront a CEO at Aetna, Cigna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, or any other big business insurance company with the pain and loss that their policies caused. Instead, Moore concocts a contrived stunt like taking 9/11 rescue workers to Cuba for health care, which is mildly entertaining but doesn't provide any real solution or make anyone answer for their actions, and that is truly disappointing.

UPDATE: Following up on an explosive appearance on "The Situation Room" yesterday, Michael Moore is scheduled to appear on "Larry King Live" tonight with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who's disputed some of the claims and suggestions in Sicko. That could be some good TV, my friends.