Full disclosure: I was a junk food junkie. Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me made me stop and think when I eventually saw it -- after an intervention -- and gradually I've reduced my intake. But, of course, it's not just fast food that can cause health problems, it's everything we put into our bodies. So when Cinematicaldebuted the poster for the new doc Food, Inc. earlier this month, I got intrigued.
Directed by Robert Kenner, Food Inc. "uses reports by Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser and The Omnivore's Dilemma author Michael Pollan as a springboard to exploring where the food we purchase at the grocery store really comes from, and what it means for the health of future generations." Well-intentioned as it sounds, in the wrong hands the film could easily have been churned into a piece of shrill, self-righteous propaganda preaching entirely to the choir.
Not so, says Russ Fischer at CHUD. Instead, it's "an informative, well-crafted film that wants it's audience to understand where food is coming from ... It's a film that is deeply suspicious of practices that bring food to our table every day. And rightly so." He found the first three and a half minutes of the film on YouTube, which we've embedded below. The credits are cleverly displayed as gentle music plays in the background and narrative voices raise questions that will be addressed. Take a look and see if this clip doesn't whet your appetite. More information is available at the official site. The film opens in theaters on June 12.