Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Mini Review - Fast Food Nation vs. Toxin

Fast Food Nation and Toxin are both pseudo-exposes of the meat packing industry. FFN wraps it in a Pulp Fiction style movie in which we follow the lives of several people involved in one way or the other. Toxin takes the form of a thriller. I liked the book Toxin much better than I liked the movie FFN.

My main complaint about FFN is the lack of cohesiveness. It starts off with an executive doing research but then his part just peters out with no real finish. The other characters just meander along until the unsatisfying end. Oh, and there's slaughters at the end (surprise!).

Toxin follows a father that investigates the mysterious cause of his daughter's death. He digs too deep and finds more than he can handle. Hopefully you will read the book so I won't spoil it, but there are dead cow heads everywhere!

Toxin made me feel uneasy about eating hamburgers for a while (not too long, though, mmm). FFN just left me confused and wanting closure. And what was with the creepy uncle? Yeech.

Fast Food Nation (2006)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

just watched Fast Food Nation, it's an impactful flick indeed... earlier today i passed up a sausage mcmuffin because of it. Evidently it is worth passing up fast food for more than health reasons.