Magnolia Pictures has released the first three minutes of the documentary adaptation of the bestselling nonfiction book series Freakonomics online. Even though the film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April to mixed reviews (60% rotten on Rotten Tomatoes), I’m still interested to see this film based purely on the filmmakers involved. The documentary anthology features segments from the filmmakers behind Super Size Me, Jesus Camp, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Why We Fight, and The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. Watch the first few minutes after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Official Plot Synopsis:
Alex Gibney (Enron:The Smartest Guys in the Room, Casino Jack and the United States of Money) delivers a visually arresting look at the crumbling façade of Sumo wrestling and exposes searing and violent truths about this ancient and revered sport. Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) offers up a buoyant and revealing angle on the repercussions of baby names. Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp) balance levity and candor with their eye-opening profile of underachieving kids incentivized to learn with cold hard cash. Finally, Eugene Jarecki, who brought us the unforgettably powerful Why We Fight, investigates an unsettling theory to explain why crime rates dramatically dropped in the early ’90s. Seth Gordon (The King of Kong) weaves the pieces together with brisk interludes, providing context and commentary from the authors. Freakonomics exposes the hidden side of everything, debunking conventional wisdom, and revealing what answers may come if one just asks the right questions.
Freakonomics premieres On Demand, Apple iTunes, Xbox Live, Playstation, Amazon and Vudu on September 3rd and opens in theaters on October 1st.Cool Posts From Around the Web: