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||IMDB Rating: 7.1/10 from N/A votes
||Release: 22 Jan 2016 /
||Director: Chris Bell,
||Stars: Jeff Hatch
||Synopsis: In this follow-up to his film BIGGER FASTER STRONGER, director Chris Bell turns his camera on the abuse of prescription drugs and, ultimately, himself. As Bell learns more about Big Pharma,...
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Greetings again from the darkness. United States citizens are living in
a culture of addiction. That's the key message that director Chris Bell
and his co-directors Josh Alexander (also the film's writer) and Greg
Young wish to get across. Of course, this one's not about cocaine or
heroin, but rather the more rampant societal problem of overmedication
via prescription drugs. It's not really a revelation or shock-inducing
theme, but it's certainly a worthy and important topic.
The movie begins with Chris Bell introducing himself and reminding us
of his first movie, the well received documentary Bigger Stronger
Faster (2008). In that one, he focused on the use of steroids and
Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED's) throughout competitive bodybuilding
including him and his brother. Bell connects the two docs by
explaining that the steroids lead to pain killers and other
legal drugs prescribed by doctors. To the
detriment of the message, he chooses to focus on this for an extended
period by speaking with WWE wrestlers, MMA fighters and by explaining
that he believes the drugs are at least partially responsible for the
death of his brother, known in the wrestling world as Mike "Mad Dog"
It's this overly-personalized approach that limits the film's
effectiveness. Chris Bell takes the Michael Moore/Morgan Spurlock
approach by putting himself smack dab in the middle of most every
segment, and even using cutesy sidebars like animation and a Scarface
clip. The result is a somewhat amateurish look and feel to a topic that
In case there are doubters, Bell provides some startling statistics
the U.S. is 5% of the world's population, but consumes 75% of the
prescription drugs. One in ten American adults are on antidepressants.
Keep that last statistic in mind the next time you stroll through your
office, church or the neighborhood shopping mall.
Bell devotes time to "Big Pharma" and its army of lobbyists. He takes
us back to the deregulation initiatives of the 1980's which kicked off
what has become the onslaught of "ask your doctor" TV ads that permeate
the airwaves. The implied message is simple: if your doctor says the
drug is OK, then it must be safe and effective. Our society is being
marketed right into addiction. Oxycontin, Vicodin, and Codeine are all
part of the Opiate family
the same as heroin. The reality is that the
business of prescription drugs has evolved into a money-printing
industry. Profits are the goal, which is why treatment is emphasized
over cure. An addicted patient is profitable patient, and in a best
case scenario for Big Pharma, the side effects of one drug lead that
patient right into another drug
sometimes both are produced by the
same pharmaceutical manufacturer!
The second half of the film is structured significantly better than the
first, and includes what is the most impactful sequence. Bell visits
with California Congressman Ted Lieu, who is jolted into action when he
is sees that Oxy is readily available on Craigslist. This section also
leads to a not-so-surprising confession from Bell a confession that
helps explain why he is so intent on being the center of the movie. A
key point that is mentioned, but underplayed, is the admission by a
doctor that an entire generation of medical school graduates has been
taught that there is no downside to prescribing whatever level of pain
medication is required for a patient, and even more frightening is the
concern that doctors are being misled by drug companies in regards to
efficacy and side effects. It's another link in the seemingly
unbreakable chain that doesn't address the underlying issue.
This culture of addiction is now self-perpetuating. Pressure to
maintain profits far outweighs the rewards of curing a disease, and the
FDA approval process is highly politicized. This despite the
high-profile celebrity deaths of which Bell reminds us: Michael
Jackson, Heath Ledger, Whitney Houston. Prescription drugs played a
role in each those deaths, as well as countless others who never had a
hit record or movie. While much has been made of the failures of the
"War on Drugs", you may question why more focus isn't given to the Rx
addictions. To help in dealing with this conundrum, there are probably
just "ask your doctor."
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