Hijacking Catastrophe
Hijacking Catastrophe (2004)

Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire examines how a radical fringe of the Republican Party has used the trauma of the 9/11 terror attacks to advance a pre-existing agenda to radically transform American foreign… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 10, 2004
DVD Release Date: October 5, 2004
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

An intellectually steelier case against Bush, his cabalistic administration and the Iraq war than Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11.

Megan Lehmann
New York Post

There's really nothing new here ... and lacking the drama and humor of Fahrenheit 9/11, it is even more likely to be preaching to the converted.

Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

Is there a direct connection between 9/11, the invasion of Iraq, Hitler, Gary Cooper, George Bush, shock and awe, condoms and toasters, shopping, and the fall of the Soviet Union? These filmmakers think so.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The most outspoken and yet in some ways the calmest of the new documentaries opposing the Bush presidency.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

There's nothing like facts to prosecute a case, and this documentary about the Bush administration's pre-9/11 determination to invade Iraq is nothing if not fact-based.

MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[I]n our toxic media environment... Hijacking Catastrophe becomes even more vital for anyone who considers himself informed on current events...

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Although the positions are by now familiar, especially for those who have seen the previously released films on the subject, there's enough solid and persuasive analysis here to give this effort a fresh urgency.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Where Hijacking does its job best is in laying out the historical details of what Kwiatkowski calls the 'storyline' leading up to the Iraq invasion, a narrative fiction prepared and sold by neocons to a gullible, and scared, public.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Serious, sober, even chilling, and answers the question of why the U.S. went to war in Iraq better than any other recent film or television show on the subject.

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