The Grab



IMDb Rating 7.1/10 10 273 273

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Vladimir Putin as Self - President of Russia
Jon Stewart as Self - Host, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
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967.44 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 45 min
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1 hr 45 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Graffitiwidow 2 / 10

Erm well...

Being told this had something related to Blackfish made me think this doc must have some weight. 10 mins in I thought I was missing something. 20mins in I thought I just hadn't quite slotted in to the information being presented. 30 mins in I realise they are presenting a lot of information like a graph, with no explanation of why it is going up or down and what the x or y is. 40 mins in I'm thinking why I have wasted 40mins of my life. I don't even know what this film is trying to tell me because it's so bad. This thing over here is a thing but another thing is doing this and that thing has recorded it. So water is really important but we don't have any. I even tried getting stoned halfway through to see if it made more sense but it didn't. And now I'm 2 hours older.

Reviewed by fung0 6 / 10

Fails to connect the dots

This documentary tries valiantly to be some kind of vast doomsday revelation. But by spreading itself too thin, and leaping from one flimsy point to another, it fails to come up with enough specifics, or even a coherent thesis, that would make its 1hr 45min run time feel worthwhile.

"The problem isn't countries or people trying to secure their food supply, the problem is how," journalist (and star of the film) Nathan Halverson sums up the premise. "They" are grabbing other people's land, sucking aquifers dry. It's a good premise for a documentary. Unfortunately, The Grab is not that documentary. It's based entirely on anecdotes and sweeping quotes from various interested parties - all very loosely connected by narration from Halverson.

"What if... instead of grass,we use bacteria? And instead of cows, we use fungi?" Sure - what if? What if the filmmakers had stuck to their main point, about the global 'land grab' and left bio-engineering for another time? The Grab consists almost entirely of such half-hearted digressions.

Worst is all the time spent talking about Erik Prince, founder of the Blackwater mercenary group. The reporters in the film seem particularly proud of a dump of emails - colorfully referred to as The Trove - which ultimately yields no revelation other than the name of Prince's Chinese employer. "We expect these emails are gonna become a playbook for how people are looking to grab up food and water," says Halverson. But that connection is never strongly enough to justify the time spent on Prince.

World food prices are soaring! Yes, this is worrying. But are they soaring because of factors such as Russia reducing its wheat exports - or because the few companies that control global food markets are exercising unrestrained monopolistic power? Who does control the world food markets? Dunno. But, but... Russia is raising cattle! Worse... they're hiring *American* cowboys to do it! Well, *an* American cowboy - we're given only one example (including some nice footage of a Russian rodeo). If you're hoping to find out how Russian beef production has grown over the years, look elsewhere.

Security experts are apparently worried about "the possibility of Russia using its food supply as a weapon." The film doesn't specify in what way this would be a departure from the status quo in global markets. Every country seeks the best deal, uses its unique resources for leverage. Is Russia especially bad in this regard? No idea. But, but... global warming will thaw the Russian north and open a huge new potential for control of food supplies! Okay... but is melted tundra the same thing as rich prairie farmland? Probably not even close. Another big pronouncement backed by zero science and no expert comment.

China is making food security for its population a high priority. Okay, that's interesting. There's even a snippet of interesting historical background - the fact that a US embargo contributed to the great Chinese famine in the late 1950s. But the Chinese move is presented as if somehow sinister... and again, there are no statistics, no details of various national policies. Much later, Halverson acknowledges that Western countries ought to do the same. But there's no background on existing national policies, in China or anywhere else.

The Grab is nicely produced, and raises some important issues. It's even thought-provoking at times. But it fails to provide solid information or deep perspective. If you want to know about our food supply, watch Food Inc. 1 and the recent Food Inc. 2. If you want to learn about the geopolitics of natural resources, there are many better sources than The Grab.

Reviewed by gtrvoc 9 / 10

Highly recommended - an important film

I have long contended that food and water will be the next global battleground. And it's happening right now before our eyes.

Lots of detail, lots of irrefutable evidence that this is taking place. Reading some of the reviews I wonder if those reviewers had actually watched the same film that I did.

I have recommended The Gran to friends.

This is important stuff that has a huge bearing on the geopolitical landscape

It doesn't surprise me on bit that Putin's actions in Ukraine both in 2014 and more recently are aimed at securing control over the ownership of wheat production from which he can leverage power as the Saudis et al do with OPEC.

Yes it does join the dots.

American land is being bought up by China and Russia. People crossing the border illegally aren't the problem but this land acquisition is part of a much bigger problem.

Watch the film!!

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