Interesting but tries too hard
, 07 Jun 2011
I found this documentary enthralling throughout. If you've studied or know of identity theft, information loss or even database studies this will something that will interest you.
David Bond, basically dubs this as a 'film' as he tries in my opinion to add tension to the documentary as I refer to it. This is apparent throughout as he seemingly acts paranoid at certain parts and talks to the camera worried about the private detectives and if they'll find him. Honestly, that bit is farcical there is nothing bad that would happen even if they possibly find him at any point as he has hired them. It's not like were planning to shoot him.
Anyway, that bit aside, this documentary is very good and well presented, it breaks up parts between him on the 'run' and interviewing people about databases, information and theft. He requests information from over 80 different companies off the top of his head and receives a ton of information back.
It is also interesting as he speaks to other people who have had issues with information storage. One particular case comes from the extras part of the DVD which I recommend you check out by the way as they are mostly interviews.
One that really moved me was a person and not trying to give too much information away here; but a person who was a teacher had several serious dropped convictions against them seemingly made by the same person and the information is never gotten rid of; he lost his teaching job and cannot find anymore work not because he was guilty but because the other dropped convictions by the same person (3 in total) made it look more real.
There is also a section about Google in the extras also not in the main feature talking about what information they collect and how police can forcibly obtain that information and use it to find a person.
The documentary can get rather dry sometimes no matter how they tried to hype it up; while it is interesting to see how the detectives track David Bond, its typically his stupdity that fouls him up rather than the information collected. This makes some of the points rather moot but the fact that is information is so readily available and how they obtain it through lying, requesting or viewing readily available information on the Internet is fascinating to no end.
If any of this has piqued your curiosity you'll likely love this documentary, I did but due to the flaws I mentioned, the slow moving or the seemingly over the top acting by Bond 'Oh my God I think they are outside.' sort of thing. I can't give this a higher rating. It also borders on the biased hatred of databases and while I agree over-reliance can cause errors I don't believe they are such a threat to privacy or public safety. The procedures of how to acquire it are moreso dangerous.
This a great documentary and thought provoking one at that. I really recommend it.
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