A Dangerous Game: Donald Trump Vs. The Environment:
"There's truth as you see it, and there's truth as we see it."
That quote from Eric Trump should tell you all you need to know about the Trump phenomenon. It comes from Anthony (You've Been Trumped) Baxter's movie. Baxter has it in for Teflon Don, and this movie makes no bones about it. In this world where divisions are cemented, I'm not sure Baxter's strong documentary will move too many people from conservatism to liberalism, but in its depiction of the naked lust for money and power, hopefully it will convince a few that the 1% doesn't give damn number one about the little people.
Baxter looks at Trump's bullying attempts to establish high profile, exclusive golf clubs in Scotland, Dubai, and Croatia. Golf courses being the notoriously anti-environmental developments that they are, the people are not amused. Massive amounts of water are diverted to deserts in Las Vegas and the UAE, chemical fertilizers swamp the aquifers, and pristine natural areas are bent to the will of the Rich Man and His Dominion over nature. It's pure hubris and a way to affirm rich folks' disconnection from everyday people. Naturally, golf courses are one of Trump's true loves.
Baxter's documentary shifts focus back and forth between protested developments, meshing pretty intense interviews together with Trump footage, council meetings, concerts and more, easily maintaining viewers' engagement as we wait to see how things turn out in each case. Baxter also injects himself boldly into the picture, badgering Trump on the golf course and grilling other recalcitrant officials, before scoring a sit down with the man himself. It's here where Baxter deftly shows us the rope before handing it to Trump. Whether you think Trump handles himself well depends on how you view his abusive relationship with the world.
No mistake, this is an extremely biased documentary, and Baxter expects you know that. He hopes that by presenting unvarnished moments outlining how money wins every time, you'll become active in ways that support the will of the people over the will of the 1%. It's made clear that some (many) of the people with all the money really don't care about the rest of us, except where we can generate more money for them while staying safely out of the picture. Interviewees Robert Kennedy Jr. and Alec Baldwin, neither a fan of Trump's antics, call this documentary Recommended, and so do we.
Kino Lorber chips this 16 x 9 DVD presentation out of the sand trap and straight into the hole in your DVD player. It looks great, especially where Baxter's interviews with Trump and the Mayor of Dubrovnik are concerned. The images are sharp, with great detail levels and good, natural color. (Trump's orange skin never looked so lifelike!)
2.0 Dolby Digital Audio does what it needs to, rendering even thick Scottish accents discernable (if not exactly understandable to US viewers). There's not much flashy going on, except for the visually cool Saul Bass style credits sequence, with jazzy music that's mixed in nicely.
A handful of Extended Interviews consist of 6 sequences, (18 minutes total) two featuring Alec Baldwin, two featuring Trump, one with folk musician Katrine Polwart, who gets seven-and-a-half minutes all to herself, and one with the semi-heroic Michael Forbes. The Theatrical Trailer finishes things off.
Anthony Baxter's anti-Trump, anti-golf course documentary pulls no punches, even while giving its villains plenty of time to talk. If you want to know more about the literal and figurative bulldozer practices of Trump's golf course developments, this is the movie for you. If you need reminding that if you're not rich you don't really count, this is also the movie for you. Share it around and join in the movement to give some power back to the people. Recommended.
- Kurt Dahlke
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