Fifth about The Seventh

Betting on Zero

Betting on Zero: Theodore Braun’s work is less a documentary and more a piece of propaganda; that it is against a (probably, but allegedly) dirty company that does what amounts to be a confidence game is immaterial. This is a good example in the discussion if there should be a voice in documentaries for the antithesis; its absence may be justifiable in moral grounds, but it makes for a poorer viewing experience and ultimately doesn’t trust the audience to form its own opinion on the matter. In addition, the non-linear narrative turns out to be confusing and unconvincing. The “hero” of the doc may well be sincere, but he also has less noble reasons for his crusade (a word that is used a lot, and for good reason); most people portrayed invite sympathy in a weak, obvious way, or not at all.

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