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Corn
Arts Alliance America // Unrated // October 26, 2004
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Review by Daniel W. Kelly | posted November 2, 2004 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:
Corn tackles the issue of how we are using chemical processing to enhance our food resources, both plant and animal, and the horrible effect in can have on our health.

The Story:
Emily (played by a rapidly maturing Jena Malone of Donnie Darko) returns to her small hometown, pregnant and unmarried, to discover that something is very wrong on her farm. There's a weird weed growing in with the corn next door, and the sheep are all eating this weed and dying. So Emily gets a job at the local grocery store, partially for medical benefits, partially to keep tabs on who buys lamb. While she goes undercover in the freezer to figure out if the meat is contaminated and if eating it will kill her unborn baby as it seems to have the babies of all the other grieving women she harasses for answers, she struggles to get the truth about genetic engineering of the corn the sheep are eating from the man who runs the farm—the same man she once had the hots for, and the same man she calls dad.

This movie is trying to warn us of all the horrible things done to our food before it ends up in our stomachs. It's neither a thriller, nor a powerful drama, nor a strong wake up call. I feared neither corn nor lamb chops after I finished watching it (in actuality, I craved both). Watching it, I was so bombarded by long stretches of dialogue riddled with technical scientific terms that I felt like I was back in high school biology. Especially considering that my eyes glazed over just as they used to in class. I also watched a weak performance by Jena Malone (that's putting it mildly), who has always impressed me in other films. I also tried to watch this movie with a group of nine people, and twenty minutes into it, they forced me to turn it off with a threat of slaughtering ME for dinner. There's really not much more I can say. Oh. I can say, the most menacing thing about this movie is the DVD cover art. Don't be mislead. There aren't any mutant sheep attacking in this movie.

The DVD

Video:
The aspect ratio is 1:85:1, letterbox. The print of the film is almost as bad as the movie itself. It's a blurry mess of pixilation, the film is too dark, and there are high levels of color saturation and edge enhancement. The print itself seems fairly unmarred, but that ends up being totally irrelevant to the bootleg-like quality of this release.

Sound:
Sounded to me like Dolby 2.0 stereo, but the separation was not very noticeable. The left/right movements were set too far back into the sound to distinguish them very well. The volume level and clarity was fine, though.

Extras:
Only one extra on this disc, a three minute scientific discussion on food processing by Chloe Bulinski, PhD. Could someone please give me a heaping plate full of that tainted lamb and just end my misery?

Final Thoughts:
Corn offers a very strong social message—everyone should eat organic so that there never has to be a movie this dull made again. This is also one of the worst transfers I've ever seen on a DVD. It would have looked better if it had been recorded directly from a VHS tape. And that 3 minute interview with a professor they call a bonus feature—I'd sooner pay current college tuition for 3 years then to get three minutes of that for free.

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