On the 27th of February, 1933, the building that housed the German Parliament caught fire. The Reichstag Fire, as it became known, was set by one individual. The Nazis used this to take control of the entire country. On December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked and bombed American ships docked at Pearl Harbor. Though the US government knew that there were plans for an attack somewhere in the Pacific, they didn’t know the time or the location. The Americans used this attack to enter into World War II.
On August 2, 1964, an erroneous radar reading indicated that our ships in the Gulf of Tonkin were under attack. While it was later revealed to be a mistake, our ships actually were attacked days later. The United States used this to enter the Vietnam War. On September 11, 2001, four planes were hijacked in American airspace. Two were flown into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, one was flown into the Pentagon, and another crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. The Bush administration used this to initiate wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Now, you may be sitting in front of your computer screen, trying to figure out what these four events have to do with each other – I don’t blame you. Well, amongst conspiracy theorists, all four are examples of false flag operations. They believe that all four events were orchestrated by the main benefactors — Nazis, Allied Forces, US war machine, and the Bush administration, respectively — in order to bring about the desired political or social results. Basically, they believe that governments are willing to kill and maim their own people, simply to get what they want.
This is where Loose Change comes into play. Loose Change is a video that showed up for the first time in 2005. After being spread across the Internet, the movie got three revisions, the most recent of which comes out on September 22. Loose Change is a movie that promotes the idea that 9/11 was an inside job, and that somebody implied to be within the Bush administration was behind it. While they don’t really go into the reasoning for this false flag, it is implied that Bush simply wanted to get rid of Saddam Hussein.
Loose Change starts off by examining the first three events from above. Without providing any evidence, the documentary claims that they were all false flag operations, and that the respective governments were behind them. They then use that same logic (government hates us all) to argue that 9/11 must have been an inside job as well. Though they later try to prove this contention, it is an assumption that the movie makes from the very get-go. Yep, without any evidence, Loose Change argues that the federal government killed thousands of its citizens.
After presenting the precedent, Loose Change proceeds to give us various accounts and facts that are supposed to lead to their end conclusion. We learn that the Twin Towers were built to withstand a plane's impact (but weakened iron from burning jet fuel is never discussed), that Flight 93 just disappeared into a crater (they ignore evidence from the crash presented in US courts) , and that there were no remains from the plane that hit the Pentagon.
The movie then moves on to discuss the various theories for how the Twin Towers were taken down, using explosions and thermite, of course. It also talks about how there was an explosion in WTC Building 7, which also fell down that day. Using an interview from one man, who claimed to have heard explosions in the midst of all the chaos, Loose Change attempts to paint a picture of lies and deceit, all of which, they claim, are managed by the government.
Even if you have seen any of the previous versions of Loose Change, the new variation contains stuff you haven't seen. Not only are there new parts added, but the movie has removed most of the debunked areas. Gone are the sections about faked phone calls and missiles, and added are more interviews and scary music. I must give credit where credit is due — Dylan Avery, the guy who made the movie, did a very good job at keeping the newest release clean of debunked materials. Well, until this stuff is debunked too.
Not only are most of the ‘facts’ presented in An American Coup shiny and new, the entire method of storytelling has changed. Instead of simply being a random collection of interviews, stories, and footage, the newer version feels polished and clean. I believe that Avery has studied Michael Moore and learned how to make a proper documentary, and he has perfected it. An American Coup, unlike any of the previous iterations, drew me into the story, and actually made it seem more credible – until the point where he implies that Obama was part of the plan.
Not only is the presentation of the actual script pretty good, I was impressed with the quality of the movie. Using the lowest budget imaginable, and probably every free-trial software pack online, Avery produced a pretty good documentary. The editing is well done, the video quality is par for DVDs, and the audio is actually pretty nice. While it didn’t use my surround sound system, Daniel Sunjata (Rescue Me) narrates the entire movie. His voice is perfect for the role, as his emotions are easy to hang onto.
Now, I am all for the freedom of ideas, and the sharing of theories between people. I myself do not buy the mainstream theory that Osama Bin Laden planned 9/11. Instead, I believe that the Pakistani ISI did the planning, and funded the operation. That said, however, I do not understand how people can believe that the US government is responsible for this. Not only do they believe that the government could kill thousands of citizens with ease, but that they could do this without stopping/killing Avery. They also believe that the hundreds of governmental employees that would be involved could be quiet. Obviously, they have more faith in the ability of our government than I do.
Oh, this is a review of the DVD, right – well then, maybe I should talk about the extras. Loose Change comes with five different extras, most of which are not that interesting. "Loose Change, The Beginning" is about the original script and footage from the first film. "The Script of Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup" is, well, the script; yes, you can ‘watch’ an extra by reading what is on your screen. There is also a photo gallery and extra interviews, which really add nothing to the production.
Finally, however, there is one extra that is somewhat worth watching: "Loose Change, Living It." In this feature, we get to see another documentary, this one examining the “long and twisted history” of the franchise. We see Avery and his ‘struggles’, we see the criticism, the attacks, and the triumphs. While this is entirely a self-congratulatory love fest, I actually enjoyed this extra. See, not only do I find out about the movie, but I also get to find out what his end goals are, which helps show me his agenda. I like that.
Overall, I found that Loose Change was an interesting little feature, but not one that is really worth your time. While it might open your eyes and ears, it only feeds you lies and untruths. I have the feeling that the reason there are so many ‘facts’, and so much ‘evidence’ shoved at you is to desensitize you. Much like FOX News, this serves to keep you from seeing the manipulation, misquotes, and outright lies which Avery indulges in. Sure, Loose Change might be an interesting movie, but it is absolutely worthless.