Sicko (2007)


If anything happens to me, I’m getting into my car, and driving to Canada. All for the insanely low-price of $0!!

This is a documentary by the always controversial, Michael Moore, who sets his sights on the healthcare system. But not just the U.S.A.’s either, other foreign countries as well and shows how they actually have the better healthcare systems, regardless of if you are poor or not. The moral of the story: come to Canada!

Most of you out there reading this, and realizing that this is a documentary from Michael Moore, already probably know whether or not you’re going to like this movie. Heck, most of you probably already have your own opinions formed about him, and most of you are probably right. However, it goes without saying that he is one hell of a director, and one hell of a documentarian, at that. He may be a bit of a dick, but hey, that’s just how M-Squared rolls.

I think what separates this movie and this subject from most of his other documentaries is that his approach is very human-based, rather than being all about the politics, the money, and the government. What I mean by that, is the idea of how everybody gets sick, injured, or hurt, and they at least need to be taken care of. That’s why it is downright appalling to come to terms with the fact that we live in a society where treating a person isn’t based on whether or not how much help they need, but if they can actually pay for it. If that idea in your head doesn’t already tick you off, then turn-away, and never even bother reading this review or giving this movie a shot. However, if your head is getting a little hot over there, then continue on, my friends.

Occasionally, Moore does actually political with his whole stance on how the higher-ups in the world just charge people to get health-insurance, so they can get rich and die happy (money buys happiness, apparently), but overall, he keeps it on ground-control and in a language we can all easily understand: humane. Helping one-another is what we as a human-being put on this world were meant to do. Doesn’t matter what political party you’re apart of, what president you voted for, what country your from, how much you make, how much you don’t make, how much you pay others to do work, or if you have healthcare or not. It all matters about if you are the type of person that deserves to live in a world that we have here, where people are supposed to help each other out, without ever really asking for anything in-return, except for maybe the same type of help, come-time when it’s needed. It’s a sentiment that does seem a bit hokey and old-headed, but the way Moore presents it will give you a clearer-view of the world and make you want to go out and possibly volunteer at your nearest health center. I don’t know if it will make you go that far, but you get what I’m saying: it makes you want to do something new and improved with your life that helps others.

Quick! Michael Moore is having a stroke! Get him to the hospital! Oh, never mind.
Quick! Michael Moore is having a stroke! Get him to the hospital! Oh, never mind.

But not matter what type of age-old message Moore may thrown down our throats, the guy always has a knack for making us angry with what he presents, and that’s exactly what he does here. The way that Moore shows us the way the government works behind closed-doors, really twisted my knobs, big-time, because it really made me upset to know that I, as a 19-year-old male living in America, may not have a chance to be treated for, if I get severely-sick or suffer an injury of any sorts. Why? Oh, well, it’s all because of the fact that I may not be apart of a healthcare system, and therefore, are pretty much just left to the curb without anything to do except just wallow in my own-self pity and wonder how the hell am I going to get myself treated.

And then, there is also the idea of maybe, just maybe, I can actually try and become apart of a healthcare system that will assure me that no more problems like this will occur in the near-future, but even that’s easier-said-than-done. See, you can’t just fill-out a report, giving-out all of your truthful info, and expect the insurance policies to come-back and grant you help, because you might not fit all of their qualifications. That means, you have to tell them why you feel as if you are right to have an insurance plan, so you can get treated for a problem you may or may not have, and not run into this problem ever again, even though it may not all work-out for you.

If none of this makes any sense, let me just lay it down for you like this: healthcare in America sucks. I love America, I love where I live, and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in the whole entire world (except maybe Paris, thanks to Moore for giving me further-belief in that hope), but to see a movie that shows one of our most-important factors in such a negative, but honest light, really made me think. Honestly, why on Earth would I want to live in a place where I can only be treated if I have enough money to pay it off? I get that everybody needs to make money somehow, someway, but still, do we really need to charge people over $40,000 for a broken arm, and to add onto that, the insurance policies as well? Other countries do not live or abide by these ways and that’s not saying that they are better or more improved than us, that’s just saying that there is an obvious and glaring problem with our society and how we are a tad more money-based when it comes to everything we live by, even when it comes to caring for the people that need it the most. Sad, sad thoughts of a person that just saw a Michael Moore documentary.

"Silly Americans. Having to pay for healthcare. Ha ha ha ha!"
“Silly Americans. Having to pay for healthcare. Mwhahahah!

But enough of all this ranting, back on with the movie! What Moore does best (in-case you haven’t been able to notice quite yet), is that he allows the viewer to see just what the hell he sees in every-day life, why he thinks it’s wrong, and what can be the solution to all of it. Some may argue that most of it is one-sided and a bit-biased, but then again, why the hell would Moore show you the ways that paying for healthcare work, when he’s all against it? Maybe it would give him more of a balanced-view on the subject, but I don’t really see there being much of a positive-light to this whole subject, other than if you took it of the view of the higher-class folks who do have healthcare and don’t really give a shite about the ones who can’t afford it. I have health insurance, but that doesn’t mean I don’t sympathize with all of what Moore is saying and trying to get-across. The guy will open your eyes and make you see through his bifocals, and that’s the true work of an amazing filmmaker that knows what he can do.

Consensus: Though some may argue that it’s not the most pitch-perfect account on the healthcare system we have in the States, Sicko is still one of Michael Moore’s most-humane works because it reaches a helping-hand out to the people who need it the most, and offers a look of what we could all be like with one-another, if we just do the right thing. Sappy, I know, but it’s the truth.

8.5 / 10 = Matinee!!

Next film, Michael Moore will be taking over Paris. And eating all of their sweets.
Next film, Michael Moore will be taking over Paris. And eating all of their sweets.
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12 comments

  1. Excellent review, Dan! I saw this movie years ago, and I really liked it. I thought it raised pertinent points and, as you said, looked at the issue in a humane way. On the other hand, although I agreed with the overall message, there was a fair amount of BS in the film. For example, if I remember correctly, MM made it sound as if Castro’s Cuba were a great place to live, vilified by American propaganda. (Yup. That’s why so many of their citizens have fled to Florida :-)). But I think we all know what we’re getting into watching a Michael Moore movie, and as thinking citizens, we’re responsible for sifting through the propaganda, along with other available information, and drawing our own conclusions. Overall, I thought it was a very worthwhile film.

    • It’s all up to you, the viewer, to not be fooled by his “Moore-isms”, but it’s always a powerful experience when you watch one of his movies. No matter what the subject may be. Thanks Steph!

  2. I think this is definitely Moore’s most accessible documentary, but too many people won’t see it just because of who made it.

    I agree with most everything you wrote. Good review.

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