“Vaxxed” is a documentary that first came to my attention during the whole Tribeca Film Festival debacle. When there’s smoke, there’s fire and my naturally curious mind wanted to check out the film. Cut to a few months later and I’m finishing off multiple viewings of the documentary. As a longtime documentary nerd, it’s not uncommon for me to try and breakdown the process for flaws. But, I did discover something. This documentary wants to walk the line between old school coverage and modern edutainment.
Vaxxed has all the signs of a first-time documentary. There’s a content creator with a ton to say on a subject matter. You’ll find a ton of knowledgeable producers working to add in talking points and whittle down the main narrative. But, all the while…necessary things are being admitted to make the documentary stay lively. Too many talking heads pop up without direct relation to points being made. We get graphic pop-ups and materials that fly by with little to no accreditation.
Sure, other areas of the documentary improve upon these oversights, but it hurts the case being made. When a controversial subject makes a documentary like this, the material has to be either 0 or 100 for most viewers. Other documentaries don’t run up against this static, but most other documentaries don’t have a decade of critical bile revved up before the first reel finishes. If the documentary wants to prove a conspiracy, then Vaxxed didn’t do that. What it did do is make an appeal to the emotions of the inflicted and those that feel responsible for the maladies. Compassion isn’t a terrible thing to profile. But, the audience needed to see compassion in context for the film to build a better case for its end goals.
- Deleted Scenes
- Extended Interviews
- Best of Filmmaker Q&As
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby 2.0
RELEASE DATE: 9/13/16
The Plot Thus Far
A documentary alleging that the CDC, the government agency charged with protecting the health of American citizens, destroyed data on their 2004 study that showed a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.