7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Fair Minded Documentary,
This review is from: House of Numbers (Amazon Instant Video)
I first saw House of Numbers at the Nashville Film Festival last year and thought it was fantastic. It's stirred up quite a bit of controversy but the filmmaker clearly lets both sides speak and argue for their positions. I can't think of a more open minded approach than to present dissenting views from experts and just let the chips fall where they may. It seems that most of those who are attacking this documentary are suffering from fear-driven provincialism. The best approach to learning about any subject is to listen to experts engage in rational debate. Those who fear such a thing may possess an unhealthy level of insecurity. This film certainly has a viewpoint, but it's one worth considering - is there profit in keeping people sick. I'd say the obvious answer, in some cases, is "Yes" and it doesn't start or end with HIV/Aids medications. The emotional impact of the movie also surprised me. It puts a face (several, actually) to the statistics we all hear about on the evening news and at benefit concerts. These are real people, and they are suffering. House of Numbers just seeks to probe the question of whether or not much of the suffering could have been avoided. I'd highly recommend this film to anyone wanting to hear various sides of a serious debate.