Wednesday, May 6, 2015

MINI-REVIEW: Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Going Clear:
Scientology and the
Prison of Belief


March 29, 2015

Alex Gibney

HBO Documentary Films

1 hour 59 minutes



I'm going to guess that the first two things you think of when you hear the word "Scientology" are Tom Cruise and John Travolta.  These two iconic actors are some of the biggest supporters of the controversial religion which considers bizarro writer L. Ron Hubbard as their leader.  Alex Gibney's new documentary "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief," goes behind the iron curtain to explore how the religion really treats their people.  In regards to these horrific stories, who better to tell stories of the horrors behind the religion than people who have left the church?  Over the course of two hours, Gibney manages to tell a shocking, visceral, and entrancing story about the horrors of a religion that is all too mysterious to begin with.  There are some amazing stories to be heard here, and if you have HBO, I highly recommend checking this documentary out when you get the chance.  It's one of the year's most fascinating and enticing films, hands down.

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