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|Regie:||Morgan Spurlock, Alex Gibney, Seth Gordon, Eugene Jarecki, Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 93 Min|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
When journalist Stephen Dubner and economist Steven Levitt published their joint book "Freakonomics" in 2005, they firmly assumed that they would not be able to sell more than 80 copies of their work. After all, the book is a collection of scientific articles that have not always been based on very popular or common theories. But their rather pessimistic expectations quickly turned out to be an absolute misjudgement. With translations in 35 languages and over four million copies sold, the book has become a worldwide bestseller of non-fiction books. Now the renowned documentary filmmakers Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me"), Alex Gibney ("Enron: Smartest Guy in the Room"), Eugene Jarecki ("Why we fight"), Seth Gordon ("King of Kong") as well as Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing ("Jesus Camp") to fathom the most important aspects of the book in different episodes.
The result is an entertaining and interesting documentary film, which not only lives from the different stylistic handwritings of its makers, but of course primarily from the sometimes quite idiosyncratic theses of the book template and its cinematic treatment. Morgan Spurlock, for example, poses the question of how much the name of a child influences its chances for the future. Can a Chantal become German Chancellor, is a Tyrees destined for a great career or are highly remunerated jobs only destined for the Johns and Stevens of this world? Alex Gibney then devotes himself to the subject of fraud, which is widespread in our society, using the example of sumo wrestling. In fact, this sport, which for many is still a symbol of honour, tradition and honesty, is often deceived - which for Gibney symbolizes what we experienced in the great banking scandal of recent years.
The question of cause and effect continues. Here Eugene Jarecki explores the authors' theory that the legalization of abortion is an important factor in the decline in crime rates in the 1990s. Finally, Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing document an experiment to find out whether financial incentives could lead to better grades for students. These four segments are linked by smaller introductory chapters staged by Seth Gordon.
As the book wants to show also the film, what motivates people and that common, often very stuck opinions are often wrong. The viewer is offered theories that don't represent facts, but merely serve as an incentive to open the mind and allow it to see the world through different eyes. Only then can the many complex problems with which we are confronted in everyday life be better understood and solved. The realization of the whole thing is a successful mixture of interviews, graphics, animations and reenacted scenes. Although not all segments were equally successful - Gibney's contribution, for example, was far too long - "Freakonomics" is a very entertaining documentary that is not only fun, but also actually encourages reflection and rethinking. And for that there is a more than deserved one: Worth seeing!
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