Contemporary World Cinema | 2016 | 140 minutes
Stranger Says: If you have seen Hollywood’s Concussion or Inside Man, then you will have a very good idea of the plot machinery that makes this average French flick tick. However, there are two important differences. One, the state and not a corporation is the villain in 150 Milligrams; the state is trying to suppress important information about a diabetes drug that has both commercial potential and dangerous side effects. (That said, the French might be more honest about the power relationship between the state and corporations than we Americans are. The state in advanced capitalist societies is always the ultimate power, whereas corporations are the proximate power.) The second thing is that the surgery that opens 150 Milligrams is so graphic, it will shock you into silence for the rest of the so-so and a bit long film.
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