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Overall, this is a pretty good documentary, that is pleasant to watch, with a nice style and pace to it but I wasn't always too fond of the approach it was taking.

It starts off like a real good and fun to watch documentary but once it starts to get more serious and starts to present all sorts of 'facts' and numbers, the documentary looses some of its power. Especially when it also starts to take sides and takes stand against certain individuals or groups and laws.

Sometimes the documentary is being too busy making a statement against something, rather than being an objective documentary, that's showing things from two different sides and perspectives. I feel that at times this documentary was turning too much into a pro-drugs and anti-government type of documentary. Drugs itself isn't the problem but the way society looks at it and the way the government tries to fight it, is the problem. Or at least according to this documentary. Of course this all to some extend has some truth in it but what this movie neglect to show or tell (or at least doesn't do enough of it) some of the problems and devastation drugs could cause, when using and/or selling it. And not just to the sellers/buyers but also innocent 'bystanders', such as close family members and people that get caught up in the midst of drug violence. That's for instance also why I didn't like it when the documentary tries to make you believe that alcohol and cigarettes are a far bigger and more serious problem in America and the rest of the world, just because more people happen to die from cigarette use, each year. But I have never heard of anyone getting killed for a cigarette or people or stores that got robbed by certain individuals, just so they could buy some cigarettes from the money they stole. Well, I'm sure stuff like that happens as well but my point is that drugs cause way more 'colletarel'- and damage to individuals than both cigarettes and alcohol combined, especially in America.

But oh well, at least the documentary isn't ever pushing things too far. It's all because of the style that the documentary is using. It tries to present itself as some sort of informational video on how to get rich by selling any sort of drugs. It isn't serious about it though of course but it gives the movie a sort of fun- and at the same time also informative style. It's taking this approach to show you how ridiculously easy- and tempting to do, it all can be to certain people out there. It in a way also causes you to not judge drug users/sellers as harsh as you would perhaps normally tend to do.

It's a pretty insightful documentary, since it features all sorts of people in it who, in one way or another, are connected to drugs. So this means lots of dealers, cops, lawyers, experts but also celebrities, such as 50 Cent, Eminem, Susan Sarandon and Woody Harrelson. What I liked was the wide variety of different persons, that showed up in it, who were also all more than willing to talk. It also ensured the movie never dwelled too much on one thing or one specific individual.

I really enjoyed watching this documentary but it still feels somewhat flawed and rushed with some of its messages and points that it's trying to make.


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