FMP: Research – SiCKO
‘The words “health care” and “comedy” aren’t usually found in the same sentence, but in Academy Award winning filmmaker Michael Moore’s new movie ‘SiCKO,’ they go together hand in (rubber) glove.
While Moore’s ‘SiCKO’ follows the trailblazing path of previous hit films, the Oscar-winning BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE and all-time box-office documentary champ FAHRENHEIT 9/11, it is also something very different for Michael Moore. ‘SiCKO’ is a straight-from-the-heart portrait of the crazy and sometimes cruel U.S. health care system, told from the vantage of everyday people faced with extraordinary and bizarre challenges in their quest for basic health coverage.
In the tradition of Mark Twain or Will Rogers, ‘SiCKO’ uses humour to tell these compelling stories, leading the audience to conclude that an alternative system is the only possible answer.’
This is also posted in the top ten highest-grossing documentaries.
Again Michael Moore uses humour to deploy what is ridiculous yet distressing information about the health care system in America. The facts, images and interviews that are shown reveal a very damning view that health insurance is not for the benefit of the average American but for the profit of the organisations that provide health insurance. Everything that is shown makes the viewer think twice about the fantasy of the all ‘American Dream’ this is because of the cleverly put together sequence that first shows you the horror of the situation and then takes you around the west and shows you what it should be like.
One of the best things about this film apart from the genius sewn narrative sequence is the character choice, now anyone who didn’t have health insurance could have been chosen to exploit this view but instead we are drawn in by the compelling and heartbreaking stories of those who do have health insurance and are still not helped. Now it could have been left at this but Michael Moore takes it one step further by finding 9/11 fire fighters that have health issues and are battling with health insurance organisations if not crippled by situations that they have put them through. This not only draws the attention of an audience more, but gets the message across that this is a very real situation and something has to change.
The characters and certain situations are very relatable even if they are not under the same circumstance, and so our we as the audience become emotionally involved and attached. It is clear that when making a documentary you need to have a character that is not only likable, but relatble and who has a story to tell. It is your job as the filmmaker to make sure you capture this person and their story in the right light and is portrayed how you want it to fit within the film. It is your job to draw the emotions of this character out; are they funny, wacky, or super emotional?