Fast Food Nation(2006)
Richard Linklater (Dazed And Confused, A Scanner Darkly) helms this adaptation of Eric Schlosser’s best-seller. Intriguingly, the filmmakers have taken the adventurous step of turning this non-fictional book into a fictional film. Says Linklater: "[We wanted to do] a character study of the lives behind the facts and figures of fast food". ... More
The Big One is the latest burger from fast-food chain Michey’s (not McDonalds, yet very much McDonalds) and it’s shaping up to be their most successful product yet. However, there’s something strange in the meat. Company man Don (Greg Kinnear) is sent to investigate the meat packing plant in Cody, Colorado. The story examines fast food industry goings on via Don's visit; a group of illegal immigrants from Mexico who can only find jobs at that plant; and a group of highschool kids who work at a Mickey’s outlet.Hide
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A big cast and a controversial subject risks being just a big hullabaloo. Thankfully though, the (sometimes great) Richard Linklater ('Dazed & Confused', 'Waking Life') engages us through the original, vibrant narrative and acutely observed characters. There’s a strong sense of an independent film-like energy to the film.
Having said that, there are a few tangents and Linklater also OD’s on the cameos – some are successful like having Kris Kristofferson, some terrible like having the all too recognizable Avril Lavigne.
Because it’s presented as a drama (it’s a fictional adaptation of the non-fiction book you see), the facts about food quality and the like don’t have that much of an impact. But the rebellious notion of questioning things and doubting what we’re told by government & big business is at the core of the film (embodied in the funny and pitch perfect teenage activist group). That's what’s most interesting in 'Fast Food Nation' and, I think, quite timely and quite relevant. [By PS]