New World Order, the new feature-length documentary directed by Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel, delves deep into the sub-culture of conspiracy theorists. It crisscrosses the nation interviewing people who have deep-rooted beliefs about what is really going on in the world. Most of them talk about something called the Bilderberg Group. This group apparently consists of the world’s richest and most powerful people and they are hell bent on controlling every aspect of life on this planet.
New World Order introduces us to an eclectic group of people that we probably didn’t know existed before. It was the first time I’d heard of Alex Jones. He’s like the Rush Limbaugh of conspiracy theorists. He is deeply charismatic as he makes his views known on his radio show and at public speaking events. People find his charisma intriguing and so did I, even though at times he can be downright creepy, and hard to take seriously when he gets into a really heated discussion.
While the Bilderberg Group (the apparent New World Order) has top billing in this documentary, a lot of time is spent talking about 9/11 and whether it was a giant government cover-up. These intrepid souls take to the streets trying to get anyone to hear them out, to tell their side of the story. It’s fascinating watching how heated the debates get. These are issues that drill down to the core of us as Americans, and watching people try and defend their positions is one of the best parts of the movie.
New World Order isn’t really about making you believe one way or another. That’s the brilliance of it. Instead it shows you these people, and their passion toward a subject they care deeply about. This isn’t a tool of rhetoric to make you believe that 9/11 was an inside job. It serves as a vehicle for us to get to know these people.
The film does veer off a little when it visits the people living in the remote regions of Idaho. But the bulk of the film is devoted to Alex Jones and his travels. As he travels the globe he’s sure that he’s being followed, and every seemingly insignificant thing that happens to him is a conspiracy, such as when a fire alarm is pulled in a hotel he’s staying at. Not much proof is given to the viewer that the fire alarm was indeed a malicious act, but it shows the amount of paranoia that comes with this non-stop lifestyle. Whether that paranoia is well founded isn’t for me to say, but it was interesting to watch.
These conspiracy theorists have real passion and zeal. It’s not unlike watching people argue with religious missionaries about God. I didn’t come away from this film thinking there’s this massive conspiracy permeating the globe, but that’s not its point. I came away with a new respect for these people. Most people have a passion, something they cannot live without and they’d like to share with everyone else. This is their passion, and these are their stories.