Culture-altering shockwaves set to land in movie theaters on November 17
In 2003, the cinematic world was shocked into reality with the highly-acclaimed release of independent filmmaker Morgan Spurlock's eye-opening documentary Super Size Me. The ripple effects from that film are still being felt to this day as McDonald's and other fast food restaurants are making certain changes to address the problems that were exposed in Spurlock's masterpiece.
Well, it's about to happen again in late 2006. Based on the 2001 New York Times bestselling book by Eric Schlosser entitled Fast Food Nation comes a movie that is much more than a documentary. Instead of taking the same tactic that Spurlock used for his film, Schlosser brought on director Richard Linklater to creative a compelling narrative based on the book. The end result will be coming to the silver screen on November 17, 2006.
It's FAST FOOD NATION--THE MOVIE!
Have you seen the trailer for this movie yet? Check it out:
Unlike Spurlock's movie, this one has some familiar faces that moviegoers will recognize, including Patricia Arquette, Bobby Cannavale, Luis Guzman, Ethan Hawke, Ashley Johnson, Greg Kinnear, Kris Kristofferson, Avril Lavigne (her Hollywood acting debut), Esai Morales, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Lou Taylor Pucci, Ana Claudia Talancon and Wilmer Valderrama.
The star-power of this remarkable cast helps weave the tale of a marketing executive named Don Henderson, played by Greg Kinnear, who works for a fast food restaurant called Mickey's (hmmm, I wonder who this could be?!) and is charged with helping promote the bestselling burger for the chain called "The Big One." Unfortunately for Mickey's, the corporate executive learn that the frozen hamburger meat has been contaminated with cow manure.
So Henderson is sent back through the process of making that burger to find out the source of the problem. He visits the slaughterhouses run by immigrants, the meatpacking company that creates these burgers, the strip malls where the Mickey's fast food restaurants are located to observe why millions of unsuspecting people are lured into the business with such a lack of knowledge about what they are consuming.
We also get to meet a teenager named Amber who works at Mickey's while in school as well as a slew of illegal immigrants coming across the border straight from Mexico to the meatworks assembly lines. Make no mistake about it: THIS FILM IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART! If you don't want to know the truth behind what goes into that burger and fries you eat at your favorite fast food restaurant, then DON'T go see FAST FOOD NATION. But Schlosser and Linklater are betting many people will.
Behind the scenes, we learn why this film was made into a narrative story:
Released by Fox Searchlight Pictures and Rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America, the nearly two-hour FAST FOOD NATION movie is going to rock the boat not only of the fast food industry, but of the ethical compass of corporate America itself. This movie will get you to thinking about other businesses that may be taking advantage of our nation's collection ignorance to make insane profits at the expense of the health of our society.
Wanna know why FAST FOOD NATION was made into a movie? Watch this:
Already honored with an official selection by the Cannes Film Festival 2006, FAST FOOD NATION could very well put another large dent in the profits of companies like McDonald's who continue to reap the profits of destroying the health of people who have not adequately educated themselves about the harm they are doing to their bodies eating Big Macs, French fries, and milkshakes. This goes much, much deeper than obesity, too, and FAST FOOD NATION is a must-see for anyone who truly cares about the health of themselves and their fellow citizens. GO SEE IT!
For more information about FAST FOOD NATION, visit their official web site or the entertaining companion web site DoYouWantLiesWithThat.com.