Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear
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Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear
Political proverb states that a population in fear is a population that is easily controlled. In this documentary exploring the climate of fear that existed in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, filmmaker Adam Curtis explores the possibility that Western neoconservatives used anxiety as a tool to manipulate the masses into behaving in a predictable and controllable manner. By claiming that contemporary Western Democracy relies more on propagating the myth of an all-powerful al-Qaeda just waiting for the right time to strike rather than focusing on… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Adam Curtis has become the most exciting documentary filmmaker of our time. He's at once a psychologist, a historian, a journalist, a wizard of images, and a fearlessly incisive cultural detective who delves beneath the hidden myths of the modern world."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Curtis' The Power of Nightmares finds that the basis of 21st century political power is fear. And for nearly three hours he makes it very hard to argue it's not."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Problematic as it is, this is that rare kind of political film that makes a good faith effort at getting its viewers to look at the world in a different way."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
"Though his bias is obvious, Curtis does his homework, getting the most damning evidence from interviews with the neocons themselves."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"As partisan filmmaking it is often brilliant and sometimes hilarious."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"A sprawling, intellectually ambitious documentary about the political phenomenon usually referred to in journalistic shorthand as the war on terror."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Curtis weaves a satisfying, explain-it-all narrative which, like any good conspiracy theory, provides considerable comfort for those who fear the world really is as unknowable as the neo-cons have warned."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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