DVD Review by Kam Williams
Headline: DVD Features Pranksters Infiltrating Corporate
Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, aka the Yes Men, are political activists with an unorthodox approach to taking on crooked corporations. These intrepid investigative reporters’ M.O. is to infiltrate organizations with the aim of exposing corruption from the inside out. They even pose as captains of industry and call press conferences to make groundbreaking admissions on behalf of powerful organizations.
For instance, take the case of Union Carbide/Dow Chemical, the multi-national responsible for the leak of toxic fumes in
So, the Yes Men sprang into action, mounting an elaborate hoax. One managed to appear on TV on the BBC World News masquerading as a Dow executive, and he announced that the firm had finally decided to admit its culpability in the slaughter and that it would be unilaterally paying billions of dollars in damages.
More recently, the Yes Men went to
Sadly, in every instance of such trickery, the beneficiaries’ joy is short-lived, since the Yes Men are invariably exposed as complete frauds. Nonetheless, they are at least able to embarrass avaricious corporate interests by raising pointed questions about the diabolical methods of the rich and powerful.
All of these irrepressible iconoclasts’ audacious exploits chronicled in The Yes Men Fix the World, an alternately hilarious and sobering, guerilla-style documentary which shows just how much havoc two guys with cheap suits and fake websites are capable of wreaking in corporate
Excellent (4 stars)
Running time: 87 minutes
Studio: New Video Group/Docurama Films
DVD Extras: Deleted scenes, additional footage of Yes Men antics, theatrical trailer and a biography of the filmmaker.