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Sicko : Underground Movie Review


Living in a third world country, who could honestly think that we can compare or even be better off than a first world country? People see the U.S. as a way to their hopes and dreams, Sicko may change this viewpoint that has long been a stature in the Philippines. Sicko, by the very hated or very liked Michael Moore, gives us a look at the abysmal state of U.S. medical health care, more specifically about health care insurance and its implementation. It might just make us see that some places may just be plain deceiving, the American Dream or even not.

The documentary starts off showing people who did not have health care insurance. They were doing plastic surgery on themselves and even had to choose which finger to sew back on when more than one was cut off. But this is not the focus of the film, it shows people who have health care insurance as not being better off as these people who did not have it. People who had insurance were still thrown off the streets, got rejected applications due to unscrupulous and erroneous reasons given by these so-called health care companies and it even shows how people became broke due to this insurance policies. The film also includes showing countries that have free universal health care; a social health care system that the U.S. always deemed lower than their system. To no surprise, these countries, even a third world country such as Cuba, were doing better off than the Americans.

The film in conclusion shows how much stupid people can get due to money and greed. Capitalism is not the Utopian solution for all of humanity people and this is the proof. The film was really effective in showing the problem of health care insurance in the U.S. even though Michael Moore gets over-the-top in some scenes and stunts in the film. Terrorists that these Americans condemned were even getting better health care than Americans who helped in 9/11. How twisted can one irony become. Watch this film, have an open mind and it can take you to a world just depressing in its own right. The dream has been shattered.



Rating: 4 reels




Why you should watch it:
- it really a mind-blowing experience as you see how much depressing one country can get.
- a quite accurate look at the helath care system in the U.S.

Why you should not watch it:
- might be too over-the-top for some.
- it somewhat gives a sense that some of the facts might be exaggerated from the truth.
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