After viewing the documentary recently, I can say with certainty that I now deeply regret not watching it as soon as it came out. I feel like I should have been shouting this film’s praises from rooftops for several years now. This amazing, soaring, soul-wrenching, powerful, simple and yet also profound film is without a doubt the best documentary I have seen in the last 5 years (and possibly ever).
After watching The Corporation — another documentary in which Naomi Klein is featured extensively — with an old Marxist philosophy professor of mine, I was somewhat surprised to hear him so thoroughly bash its content.
“There’s nothing revolutionary in it. There is nothing Marxist in it. It’s nothing but the same old reformism,” he told me.
Upon reflection, I suppose my former professor was entirely right about The Corporation. However, The Take should put to rest once and for all any denigration of Naomi Klein personally as a non-revolutionary even if The Corporation may not have met expectations. If there are any Marxists, anarchists or other revolutionary comrades out there who doubt Naomi Klein’s progressive and revolutionary bona fides, I challenge them to watch The Take and still hold that opinion.
Naomi Klein is no pseudo-socialist, she’s the real deal. This is the film that puts her over the top in my estimation into Noam Chomsky-esque territory (and coming from me, that is possibly the highest compliment I can give).
Anyway, for your viewing pleasure, I now present to you The Take by Naomi Klein. If you enjoy it, I strongly urge you to go to the film’s website and consider purchasing a copy of it. This calibre of film making deserves our support.