Movie Review - Fast Food Nation

I finally got around to seeing this 2006 film. Wow. It's a massive indictment. An indictment of what, you may ask? Well, let's see. The fast food industry, obviously. The US cattle industry, corporate greed, treatment of illegal immigrants, ineffective eco-warrior wannabes and selling out to "The Man" are also thoroughly bashed.

Most of the story takes place in a town in Colorado that has the cattle slaughterhouse that provides all of the meat for the Big One from fast food chain Mickey's. While it looks safe and clean on the surface, it's actually filled with dangers both to humans and to the meat they eat. The workforce is also made up of many illegal immigrants who are paid in cash and then tossed aside when they're no longer useful.

Clearly, this is a big issue for celebrities as there are some famous names in here and some of them play small roles. Kris Kristofferson, Ethan Hawke, Bruce Willis and Avril Lavigne are some of the cameos.

There's a powerful message in here about the safety of our food chain and how the almighty dollar affects that process.


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