Blue Gold Sam Bozzo

Blue Gold is a documentary about water, based on the book Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water. Its primary argument is that free access to clean water is an essential right to everyone across the globe. But that right is coming under increasing threat as cities and nations turn over their water supplies to private companies motivated by profit rather than the public's right to water. It's an interesting and important debate that is just now percolating into the consciousness of the general public. Unfortunately, Blue Gold fumbles the ball delivering the gospel. A lot of information is thrown at the viewer and just as you think you're starting to get a handle on things the film changes direction. It feels like the filmmakers have presented half the argument for every water issue currently facing us. This might be more forgivable if the immediacy of the problems weren't hammered home with an ominous soundtrack and choice lines like, "This is not a film about saving the environment. It's a film about saving ourselves," from narrator Malcolm McDowell. I want to know more, just not from these guys. Perhaps the biggest problem facing Blue Gold is that it was released at the same time as Flow: For Love of Water, a film that treads similar, um, water — the movies share many of the same interview subjects — but presents its argument far more succinctly. So, not only does the film present a convoluted thesis it's not even an original one. The DVD includes quite a few deleted scenes, as well as an "Interview with the Filmakers," which is actually an interview they did for public access television show Urban Rush in Vancouver. Blue Gold has noble goals; they're just poorly executed. (Mongrel Media)