Sunday, August 29, 2010

Tapped (2009)

Directors: Stephanie Soechtig, Jason Lindsey. 97 min. Documentary.

Another environment-conscious documentary in the vein of The Inconvenient Truth and Food, Inc., this time trying to make a case against the bottled water industry. By depicting corporate America as the monster (instead of targeting human greed), the film makes the same mistake Michael Moore's Roger & Me made; after all, these companies aren't doing anything illegal. But the movie makes a strong argument why we should be preferring tap water, and created the same everlasting effect about bottled water as Supersize Me did about McDonald's - and therefore deserves recognition.

(PS: reviewers call the film "extremely biased". Up to you.)

Mo says:


  1. I think it SHOULD be illegal for companies to just drain the source of our tap water and sell it back to us. And then there's those damn plastic bottles in landfills and in the ocean that contribute indirectly to oil industry environmental disasters. So it's not just water. I've never been a bottled water consumer. I almost always used filtered tap water. And if enough people change their habit, I think future will be that much brighter.

    As of now there are only 90 votes on IMDB which is not enough for me to give it much thought (and majority of them had a favorable view of this film anyway). And there were only 3 reviews, out of which only one called it "extremely biased". So I'm not sure whether your claim stands. Besides, if those companies refuse to make a comment or appear on record, I don't think you could blame the filmmaker.

  2. I agree that the laws should be changed, but if at the moment laws allow people to feed on other people like parasites, we should blame the laws. I don't think blaming people for legally exercising their innate greed will get anywhere. The laws should be changed, because people won't.

    I'm not even sure myself if the movie is biased, because I didn't have time to look into the arguments against it. Just putting in a cautionary note.

  3. Unfortunately Laws won't change on their own while politicians accept donation from corporations. They only change if lawmakers realize their reelection is in jeopardy. So unless there's a popular movement, politicians won't move against corporate interest. I think movie is trying to start such movement by showing how corporations are sucking away our resources. There are two ways to make these corporations change their behavior. Making it illegal or financially difficult to continue this behavior by passing laws, or by educating people to force the simple supply and demand pressure on their products.

  4. Completely agree - no questions asked.