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Cut off your nose to spite your face?,
This review is from: If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (DVD)
A great documentary should show all sides of a controversy, and with that in mind, "If a Tree Falls" succeeds.
Unlike the docs of Michael Moore, which are completely one-sided, co-directors Marshall Curry & Sam Cullman have presented a most informative composite of the issues involved. There's no question that the ELF didn't think before they acted, and a good argument is made about the absolute definition of terrorism. Centering mostly on the plight of Daniel McGowan, the true voice of reason is his sister, Lisa, who is more able to see life as it is rather than as it ought to be.
After causing billions in damage to validate their cause, it's upsetting that many of their targets were innocent of the "villainy" that they supposed. Regardless of anyone's stance on the eco-arguments in question, the ELF failed miserably to do the proper research to qualify their end results. Activism is not a bad thing, but the lengths at which the ELF went to prove their point were purely out of ignorance; hence, foolish and unnecessary.
I applaud the efforts of the film-makers in keeping an objective stance; the DVD extras are plentiful and intriguing. Highly recommended.