In `Wal-Mart,' the director sells only one side of the story

Review B-

November 11, 2005|By CHRIS KALTENBACH | CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

The real issues raised by Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, the latest documentary from filmmaker Robert Greenwald, have little to do with the corporate behemoth at which this polemic is targeted. Rather, they lie under the surface, dealing with how far this country has shifted to the corporate side, where little seems to matter beyond the bottom line.

The High Cost of Low Price makes no pretense of presenting a balanced picture. Greenwald, whose earlier documentaries attacked the 2000 presidential election (Unprecedented, for which he was executive producer), the Iraq war (Uncovered) and Fox News (Outfoxed) clearly sees Wal-Mart as the poster store for corporate greed and social indifference. His attack is relentless, putting onscreen dozens of disgruntled Wal-Mart employees, past and present, as well as civic activists, lawyers, small-business owners and anyone else he thinks will buttress his cause.

Wal-Mart (Brave New Films). Documentary by Robert Greenwald. Time 97 minutes.

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