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Another Activist Doc Offers Familiar Arguments, Recaps News Footage

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Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire
Directed by Sut Jhally and Jeremy Earp
imMEDIAte
Opens September 10, Cinema Village

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The election-year insta-docs keep rising like sunflowers from the Bush admin cow pile; this week, we have a Media Education Foundation–produced primer on neocon world-shaping, post–9-11 skullduggery, and Iraqi Freedom duplicity. More or less a Bud Abbott alternative to Fahrenheit 9/11's Lou Costello, the film sticks closely to well-established facts—the revelation of pre–9-11 plans to attack Iraq, Paul Wolfowitz's age-old rationales for global dominance, the self-contradictory public statements (read: lies) of virtually every major broker on the Bush team, etc.—and nicely, if redundantly, complements the familiar news footage with opinionated talking heads (Chomsky, Mark Crispin Miller, profs, vets, etc.). At only 68 minutes, the exploration of many avenues is abbreviated—a damning montage of broadcast-graphics peacockery about the military might we've used to kill over 10,000 Iraqi civilians is too brief, and barely supports the chilling thesis that we are gradually being transformed into a type of Trojan war culture, collectively fetishizing weaponry and death. All in all, Hijacking is less a movie than a litany of arguments intended as, or at least only useful as, a brickbat in the discourse, aimed at your neighbor's Republican noggin. Of course, such is the sloping forehead of Middle America that the facts and footage of cut-and-dried, homicidal hypocrisy collected here seem to have already been forgotten, or bizarrely dismissed as irrelevant, a few years or months later. Only the rare flexibly minded conservative will benefit from the refresher course—if you know one, buy his or her ticket.

 
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