Wormwood (2017) - Errol Morris
While it may be a tad hyperbolic, Errol Morris' Wormwood could very well be the celebrated documentary filmmaker's Magnum Opus- an ambitious, expansive investigative piece of documentary cinema which blends re-enactments, archival footage, and one-on-one interviews to deliver a visceral, informative exploration of the mysterious death of one man, Frank Olsen, and the tortured journey of his son who spent over forty years attempting to learn the truth. A film operating on various thematic levels, Wormwood is both a piercing, personal study of one man's obsessive search for closure, objective truth, and the toll it takes on one's psyche, while also being expansive in its critique of the US governmental power structures which distort the principles of which America was founded, one in which the people are in control. In the end, Wormwood bravely and succinctly challenges the perceptions of truth themselves, questioning whether blissful ignorance by the American people may be willing and intentional, as the film through its personal story showcases how much easier it can be to live in a state of denial than confront one selves indoctrinated/juvenile perceptions related to the U.S. Government being simply, "the will of the people".
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