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Everybody knows everything about everyone, sort of,
This review is from: Erasing David [Region 2] (DVD)
An interesting idea for a documentary but there was hardly anything new here. A thing that never seems to get mentioned in these sort of 'we-know-everything-about-you' programs is that they apply to everybody, especially if you have electronic dealings with the state or corporations. The hypothetical 'watchers' are also watched. There isn't some central database with details of every bit of our lives, it's scattered electronically all over the place and even governments, with a desire instant information, find it a hard job to cope with so much data. Clearly not everything is known about everybody, otherwise lots of criminals would be caught in no time at all.
Director David Bond wanted to vanish for a period of time and see if two people-finders could find him. He really didn't try hard enough. He might just as easily have gone to stay with a friend and stayed indoors for three months, stretching his legs in the back yard after dark.
I thought the documentary was hard work. The music was excessively loud, filming and editing followed the predictable documentary style of shaky hand-held camera work, loads of close-ups of talking heads, bland seconds of nothing in particular being shown to move the whole thing along while a voice-over explained some point.
Another director with a tighter brief might have wrapped it all up in thirty minutes.