Tuesday, July 05, 2005

The Yes Men (2004)

Two guys travel around the world prentending to be representatives of the World Trade Organization after setting up a fake WTO site that's mistaken for the real thing. They are the Yes Men, and their pranks are often quite funny and cutting in a Swiftian kind of way. Unfortunately, the documentary is not as important or effective as it believes itself to be; the idea that anyone could take some of their more outlandish notions seriously is a sad reflection of today's economic climate, but not as sad as the fact that despite the efforts of these guys and others, the WTO appears to soldier on stronger than ever. Sarcasm, no matter how caustic or revealing, only goes so far towards changing the world, I guess.

Grade: B


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