Many are going to go and see the movie PlantPure Nation because they already agree with what they expect it will say, and that is nothing new for films that could be fairly generalized as leftist documentaries. The main complaint this group faces is that it functions as a facet of the all too present mutual approval machine. PlantPure Nation, however, offers up a film that is more interesting than one might expect. Hopefully it draws some viewers who are curious about the changing face of food in America or even those who, by no fault of their own, haven’t given it much thought.
PlantPure hinges on a few key facets and drives them home, albeit somewhat repeatedly. It makes self-identified strides towards promoting the truth and spreading “the good word.” I’m happy to say that it is successful in that goal. Viewers get a first hand view of how radically people’s health can change for the better. It’s not a lose weight quick scheme, or a new fad, it’s scientific research that proves its hypothesis. Eating better prevents the development of diseases and can improve health to such a degree that many individuals were able to completely remove a number of prescription medications from their daily routine.
The science behind PlantPure is solid and the film was created by people who are clearly invested in increasing the wellbeing of the many. However, for me, the most immersive parts of the documentary did not come through the segments about the PlantPure diet. Instead I was drawn towards what it was trying to do with the perception of vegetarianism, veganism, and locally sourced small scale farming.
The beginning segment of the film feels almost like a campaign ad. You’ll see beautiful rolling hills, hear twangy music that drips with unadulterated Americana, and feel the history of a farm that’s been passed down through the generations. Similar imagery continues throughout and leaves a feeling that more than anything else, PlantPure wants to make it clear that vegetarianism is not just for the trendy and cosmopolitan, but for everyone.
The film highlights Mebane, NC and its residents alongside a montage of local love for fried food. A montage that I personally identify with. This is important because rural areas, counter-intuitively, suffer some of the worst food deserts and health issues in the nation.
PlantPure casts the plant based diet as a new form of independence from corporate greed and corruption, both in terms of health and American business practice, and spotlights it as a way to take back some of the country’s value from big business. I have to be honest here and say that it does get a little bit lost along the way.
The film does go on for too long though, and leaves some questions. The specifics behind the studies they conduct are vague. What were the participants’ diets were before they went the veggie route, or how expensive were the components of each meal. These points don’t break the movie, but they are important considerations.
PlantPure is worth a watch because it will inform you about happenings in both the health and political community that you are probably unaware of and make you feel good about the state of things. Most importantly, it serves as a fairly inspiring reminder that change has to come from the people and not from politicians.
My biggest complaint though? Not a single pun about grassroots. Not one.
I’m giving PlantPure Nation a Tyrone “Clean” Miller, Laurence Fishburne’s character in Apocalypse Now. While the movie is no Morpheus yet, it’s well on its way.