Profits before people. Sound familiar? Come on now, of course, it does. But, unfortunately, in this day and age, this old adage is as common as it is sinister, and frankly? I believe people have become desensitized to hearing it and the many different forms it takes in our modern lexicon. But wait reader, there is still hope - there is always hope. "Toxic Sh!t" is one example of such "hope," and the filmmakers behind it are making sure stories are still being told - and retold when it comes to some of the toxic shit big business has done and continues to do to this day. Director Stacey Stone wants to not only make sure we remember ... but also make sure we understand just what's at stake.
"Toxic Sh!t" focuses on the decades-long coverup of a nuclear disaster around a small American town, and this story is still ongoing. More or less. The wheeling and dealing of big business and politicians this film highlights is nothing more than astounding - but the film doesn't stop there. As a matter of fact? It's more like just the start. From the sickening amounts of cancers in the area straight through to property values, Stone's film covers the entire kit and kaboodle and does it all in just over an hour. There's a lot of content here, but thankfully, the crew behind "Toxic Sh!t" knew what they were doing. The result is a film that not only rockets by but is also easy to follow and, yes, reader, quite entertaining.
Stacey Stone and Diane Mellen are no strangers to this style of documentary film, so it's really no surprise that "Toxic Sh!t" works as well as it does. The idea behind this film, as well as the others I would imagine, is that if enough people become educated - change can happen. What's been going on is probably the worse kept secret, so one has to ask, why do people put up with it? Why do they turn their backs? This train of thinking is brought up in this movie, and honestly? It's a valid question. One can only assume that the more you look into something and learn about something - the stronger your sense of outrage will grow. This film definitely doesn't spare the rod when it comes to a proper education - and there are many sad, sad stories to be heard that, yes, readers, even include children. Do the rich simply not care? Do they just attempt to bribe those who get a little too close? Sure they do. Of course, they do, but if enough people give a damn, maybe some things can change.
"Toxic Sh!t" spreads its wings and tells not just one story but many with a few things in common. Big business, government, sickness, and obviously, cover-ups. Yet, along the way, Stone's film remains grounded and easily accessible. "Toxic Sh!t" is probably one of the more powerful feature-length documentaries I have watched this year, and yes, reader, I highly recommend it. Four stars.