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Sicko

Released on 07 January 2008

Featuring: Michael Moore

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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Sicko is a straight-from-the-heart portrait of the insane, often cruel, and always profit-hungry U.S. health care system, told from the vantage point of everyday people faced with extraordinary and heartbreaking challenges in their quest for basic medical care. Michael Moore asks his fellow Americans "What is wrong with us?" Moore shows that U.S. health care ranks last among developed nations despite costing more per person than any other health system in the world. Moore seeks answers in Canada, Great Britain, and France, where all citizens receive free medical care. Finally, Moore gathers a group of 9/11 heroes rescue workers now suffering from debilitating illnesses, unable to receive help at home, and takes them to a most unexpected place where they receive the tender care unavailable in the richest nation on earth.
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 A very frustrating viewing experience.

| | See all kidkong's reviews (1)

On one hand, it made some great points about the deficiencies of the USA's current Health service system, based on private enterprise and insurance premiums. The most affecting segment was found when Moore transported World Trade center rescue workers (who have fallen ill as a result of their selfless acts and face huge medical expenses) to arch-enemy Cuba, where they found free health care. One lady discovered that the $150 inhalers that she needs two of per month (on an $1000 income), cost a mere 50 cents in Cuba and broke down in tears, which clearly exposed the greed and profiteering of pharmaceutical companies.

And on the other hand he missed many opportunities to do a proper investigation. He frequently cited UK's health care as free, which of course it's not, we pay much higher taxes than those in the US, yet he never compared the cost of insurance vs tax. But the worst is his habit of shamelessly showing people crying to provoke a reaction in the audience. Forgiveable if, as above, it's relevant to the topic at hand. However, early on in the film we're shown an elderly couple moving in with their daughter because their medical expenses are bankrupting them and they can't afford their own house. So far, so reasonable. Coincidentally, their daughter's husband is leaving on a work trip the next day and the kids are upset about this and, as kids do, some weeping ensues. Mr Moore therefore films these three vocal kids crying and screaming, hoping that we the audience will forget why they're crying. Bah!

For a domestic propaganda piece, it's fine and makes some good points, but for a more informed international audience, I found it lacking. (There's a good cameo by Tony Benn though!)

 Great Documentry... will make you appreciate the NHS

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As the title says, this is a great documentry that looks into the health system in the USA. If you think its bad in the UK... you ain't seen nothing yet. This will open your eyes to how the richest nation in the world treats its sick... believe me that in the end you will appreciate the NHS in this country a lot more.

Worth watching!

 SERIOUSLY!?

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When I was first told about this documentary, I thought, "Nah, I'll pass on that". Unfortunately, the person telling me about just didn't sell it to me, and didn't describe it very well. It's hard to explain a documentary without telling you what he actually does in it. But in essence, Micheal Moore simply tells you about the disturbing and horrific experiences of people (WITH FULL health insurance) who have been cheated out of their money, and in some cases, their lives.

He goes through the corrupt American Health Care system, their lies to the public, their obvious greed for money, and their lack of care for their fellow man. Quite frankly, it's disgusting how America is dealing with Health Insurance right now, and for their sakes, I hope they change their ways with the next election.

Back on track now, the documentary goes on with Micheal Moore visiting other countries to view their own Health Care systems, to simply compare to the vast differences.

This documentary will leave you in deep thought about many things. One might be how lucky we are in Britain, and how we take our National Health Service for granted.
I, myself was almost in tears as some of the 9/11 workers (who received next to no health care for outrageous amounts of money) started crying when they found out how cheap the health products are in different countries. It really shows the betrayal they received from their country.

Not only does it open up your mind to the corruption in the American Government, it is undoubtedly, Sick.

 Heart Warming and Heart Breaking all at the same time.

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Heart Warming and Heart Breaking all at the same time.

This Movie is a Deep look into the Health Care System in the states and compares it to a number of different countries. It looks into the lives of people that both work in and around HMO's and Hospitals from the US and abroad. This documentary also show what can happen to people in their moment of need. Is the grass greener on the other side? You decide. In true Michael Moore fashion, This is honest footage of the good, bad and ugly parts of the health care system.

 Oh dear

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Sicko is an appropraite title, as there's something nauesating about a multi-millionaire broadcaster lecturing on the evils of the capitalist system. Whilst the US health care system may not be perfect, I'll bet Moore pasy privately anyway....oh and of course you can get good health care in Cuba, that is if you agree with the policies of military dictator for life Castro, if you don't you're probably more likely to get your health care in a Cuban hellhole prison.
And as for Moore's hilarious attempt to portray the NHS as glorious and free, does the man do no research.
? For an alternative view try "Fahrenhype 9/11" or "Manufacturing Dissent"

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ActorsMichael Moore
DirectorMichael Moore
Certificate12 years and over
ScreenWidescreen 1.78:1
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.