Lake of Fire
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I LOVE documentaries and have seen nearly every major work produced in the past 20 to 30 years (as well as not so major films). "Lake of Fire" may well be my favorite - I'm still deciding if any of the other films I've loved delivered the same unrelenting, yet profoundly emotional punch to the gut that this one did. This is the best film no one has ever seen! What a pity!!!!
We've been taught to believe that the purest and best documentaries are those that take a definitive stand on an issue. Such a one-sided approach is supposed to bespeak a righteous passion on the part of a filmmaker - as if dogmatism, in and of itself, were an indisputable virtue. But what if the issue at hand is such a morally complex one that it simply doesn`t lend itself to the strident arguments and easy answers of a black-and-white diatribe? Might it not, then, be best to drop the "know-it-all" posture of the partisan zealot and, instead, attempt to look at both sides of the issue from a position of objectivity and fairness?
That is the approach that filmmaker Tony Kaye has taken in "Lake of Fire," a documentary on abortion that attempts to examine both sides of the issue in as unbiased and evenhanded a way as possible. For once, the impassioned spokespersons in both the "pro-life" and "pro-choice" camps are free to have their say and to make their case, without commentary or condemnation from a judgmental third party. In so doing, he has fashioned an unflinching and uncompromising look at one of the issues that most divides Americans today - and will surely do so for a very long time to come.
Watching "Lake of Fire" is a bit like being a ping pong ball in a high-stakes table tennis match. Just as we find ourselves agreeing with a representative from one side of the equation, we are bandied back to the opposing side by what appear to be equally compelling arguments emanating from a spokesperson there. And back and forth we go.Read more ›
There were many issues raised within the subject of Abortion, on both sides, that make one go HMMMMMM. There IS graphic footage contained in this film, so wait until the kids have gone to bed, to pop this film in the DVD player.
The most surprising thing is that the woman who is at the heart of the landmark Roe V Wade decision, is now in total opposition to the Law she was instrumental in creating. The subject of Abortion clinic bombings and the assassinations of physicians who work in Abortion clinics is not only touched upon, but the blurring of the Law vs. Morality argument is a case in point of how divided we are, when the right to life issue is raised. We see in the film, tapes of the bombers/shooters making their case to the police while in custody. I may be a bit biased, but the Pro-Lifers looked a little crazy to me. It's hard to see someone's point of view when Religion makes it's way into a conversation about this subject.
Whether you are Pro-Life, or Pro-Choice, this film is an education in what defines us as human beings. Does life begin at birth, or the Zygote stage of developement? How do we resolve the issue? I don't believe it really can be. I believe in the right to choose, to have control over one's body, financial security and education. There are many women today, who would have been marginalized, and possibly welfare mothers, were it not for Roe V Wade.
Women, as well as Men, owe it to themselves to see this film. There is no better film out there, that is this comprehensive. You will be changed after seeing it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Controversial but excellent film about the Double Edged Sword called abortion. Difficult to watch at the end but It will educate your opinion on the topic.Published 14 months ago by Professor X
This gives the story with no taking of sides or condemning the ones who don't agree with your point of view.Published 20 months ago by Dixie Dale Christensen
I apologize that this is not a proper review. The movie was confusing as I recall. Being basically shocking in general both in terms of pro life and pro choice perspectives. Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by Internet Safe
I just finished watching "Lake of Fire" and I must say that it portrays Pro-Life people (especially Christian proponents) as radical in the worst sense of that term. Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by James M. Kray
Our evolution makes us want to reproduce. In fact, to twist an old saying, many of us consider sex the most fun we can have with out clothes off. Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by Modesty Press
This film has a very particular focus on the abortion issue that eschews almost any contemporary opinions or documentation from any women or couples who are actually dealing with... Read morePublished on February 25, 2012 by The Documentary Insider
Intense just as I suspected. I love this but only buy it if you know what it is about and are interested in discovering both sides of this sensitive issue. Read morePublished on August 10, 2011 by donnamarie
This is a film that is hard to take your eyes away from, and then, in a few places, one that actually makes you to avert your eyes. Read morePublished on March 10, 2011 by albarino