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Thrive The Movie Critique Essay

“”THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what's REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream -- uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.

—IMDB tagline[1]

Thrive is a 2011 conspiracy theory film made by Foster Gamble, bank heir to the multinational and pharmaceutical company Procter & Gamble,[2] and his wife Kimberly Carter Gamble. Claiming to be a documentary, the film smashes together pretty much every modern conspiracy theory in the books, including free energy suppression, UFO landings, New World Order, vaccine hysteria, 9/11 truthers, and much more, all combined to make a statement about a "Global Domination Agenda" Gamble claims controls much of the world.[2]

As seen by the proposed "solutions" (which include the dismantling of the Federal Reserve and elimination of public schools and taxes), the film is a not-so-well disguised libertarian propaganda piece and Unified Conspiracy Theory at the same time.[2] Several of the more liberal interviewees were quite disconcerted to be used to further such an agenda.

Pseudoscience, New Age and conspiracy theory stars like Nassim Haramein and David Icke also appear on the movie, talking about toroidal energy and UFOnonsense, respectively.

Originally produced in English, the film has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

Positive reactions[edit]

Thrive was voted the Veiwer's Choice [sic] for Top Transformational Film for 2011 by AwareGuide.[3] It's in excellent company.

Mark Jeantheau of Grinning Planet ("Saving The Planet One Joke At A Time") reviewed it, saying "Thrive gets down to the real answer, which is non-violent non-participation. Under that broad umbrella, presented for your consideration are things such as changing how you bank; shunning corporate food (especially GMO-based food) in favor of local food; adopting and promoting renewable energy; and demanding that the internet be kept fair and open."[4]

Not so positive reactions[edit]

Kyle Hill of JREF described it as "basically Zeitgeist 2.0 ... when you align all of the claims that this movie purports to be true, it is hard not to think it is some kind of joke."[5]

Even people who like some of its message aren't so impressed; Reality Sandwich notes its "disjointed editing" and "repetitiveness ... in place of actual evidence or arguments", and that its claims about free energy suppression advocate something that violates the second law of thermodynamics.[6]

Georgia Kelly of Praxis Peace Institute points out the film's "reactionary, libertarian political agenda that stands in jarring contrast with the soothing tone of the presentation", and Gamble's push for shrinking the government as part of the solution to the problems, rather than better regulating the runaway libertarian agenda that caused them. She spoke to several progressives who were interviewed in the film, unaware that it would have such a political slant.[7] Praxis posted a greatly-extended version as a paper on the film and the organisation.[8]

Foster Gamble posted a response[9] which goes "yeah but no but yeah" at length and claims that his libertarianism is different to both "so-called Left and Right", which are attached to "Collectivism". He expands on his views in the paper Solutions / Liberty, which features extensive quotes from Stefan Molyneux and such lesser lights as Ayn Rand and Ron Paul.[10]

Filming under false pretenses[edit]

Seven of the people interviewed for the film openly distanced themselves from the ideas explored in the movie, calling them "dangerously misguided". And Deepak Chopra was one of them! We hope this communicates how off the charts the crank level of this movie actually is.

The above seven produced the following signed statement, as a group:[11]

We are a group of people who were interviewed for and appear in the movie Thrive, and who hereby publicly disassociate ourselves from the film.

Thrive is a very different film from what we were led to expect when we agreed to be interviewed. We are dismayed that we were not given a chance to know its content until the time of its public release. We are equally dismayed that our participation is being used to give credibility to ideas and agendas that we see as dangerously misguided.

We stand by what each of us said when we were interviewed. But we have grave disagreements with some of the film’s content and feel the need to make this public statement to avoid the appearance that our presence in the film constitutes any kind of endorsement.


A) Note, however, that all these persons distanced themselves from the film after they saw the finished product, although Trombly was a bit late for the party.

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Thrive Documentary Review

Posted By Isaac Weishaupt on Dec 29, 2011 |

I recently bought and watched Thrive, which was a pretty good documentary. Here’s the trailer if you haven’t heard of it:

If you’re familiar with these types of topics you’re most likely not going to be blown away by much in here, although there are some innovative views that I found worthwhile. Either way, it’s only a few bucks so it’s not a bad deal.

This documentary has many persuasive and rational people which is a nice change of pace from some of the more obscure, low budget films I’ve seen with similar material.

The main selling point of this film is the discussion of free energy, and its suppression from the public. The main points include the torus structure and the vector equilibrium which apparently relates to this hidden form of free energy.

The movie lacks to discuss exactly how this whole thing works besides some examples of scientists who have harnessed and built these free energy machines, only to be sabotaged by nefarious groups (see Eugene Mallove, Adam Trombley and Stanley Meyer). It seems that the claim is that we can pull the magnetic fields out of the space fabric and create energy with them. I’m not sure how this whole things work, or the theory behind, but from what I recall in college physics, there is a conservation of energy in the universe. This means that it can only change forms, not be created. Nothing can be more than 100% efficient for converting energy. But then again, I’m no scientist, and I’m definitely not a skeptic, so what do I know. One great thing I did take away was this possibility of a conspiracy theory on “free energy” and its suppression from oil, coal, and electricity industries.

The torus structure and 64 tetrahedron shapes are found everywhere in the universe (e.g. ancient worlds, flow of magnetic lines of flux, 2D versions of the 3D tetrahedron, etc.). Spheres drawn around tetrahedrons (all 64) create a shape found in Egypt, China fu dog statues (under their paws), Mayan calendar, Sumerian tablets, Cabalistic tree of life, and the Chinese I-ching.

The claim is that the ancient civilizations would have no other way to communicate this powerful energy other than drawing the shape for future generations to study.

Experts and high ranking/qualified individuals discuss the existence of UFOs.

Crop circles-again showing 2-D crop circle of 64 tetrahedrons and the torus shape.

Intriguing part about NASA response from 1974 digital transmission radio signal it sent out into space in anticipation of an alien response. In 2001 a crop circle was formed in response with a format that matched the original message.

Tesla and other inventors had free energy inventions that were also shut down. Tesla was shut down by J.P. Morgan-his financial backer. Morgan was the famous banker who controlled finances and industries in electricity. The movie tells how he owned the copper lines for electricity that would’ve been deemed worthless once Tesla’s free energy (which didn’t need transmission lines) was released.

All inventions were suppressed along with UFO discoveries because they’re all using this same free energy. There are too many elite with money invested in energy industries to allow the world to have free energy. There is over $200 trillion dollars in oil, coal, and electricity.

The documentary segues into a discussion on the food industry.

The Rockefeller family founded Standard Oil and became powerful through their associates (which includes J.P. Morgan) and now control the food industry too. They started the Green Revolution in the 1940s-1970s (a way of increasing agriculture so that we can feed the burgeoning world population) and pushed the agriculture system to use petroleum, single crops, and pesticides for a petroleum based agriculture. I’ve read books from Michael Pollan on this subject, and I agree with this part because biodiversity is being destroyed, and our water and food supply is being poisoned due to this Green Revolution. The organic industry was created from a acknowledgement of this problem.

Henry Kissinger once said-” Control oil and you control nations, control food and you control the people.” He’s a member of the Bilderberg Group and Bohemian Grove Club. No big deal.

The film then discusses the education and healthcare system, with their respective problems.

Rockefellers founded national education foundation to establish a school system, with the ultimate goal of fixed responses to authority (to obey and comply when a student is instructed to do so). The Rockefellers established the second and third medical schools in America (Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Harvard School of Public Health). They also help fund the American Medical Association (AMA) to influence AMA decisions which will trickle down through all of the doctors and health care system. Most of the medical education today is actually funded by pharmaceutical companies, so the influence to have doctors simply prescribe pills to subdue any and all problems seems to be due to the training that they receive. The film also discusses some cancer cures that have  been shut down by the Journal of the AMA (see Dr Royal Rife).

All of these issues are controlled by finance. Finance is ruled by pyramid structure. This is all stuff discussed by David Icke in his lectures, nothing new really.

The film provides a great, simplified explanation of how banks operate. Banks use “fractional reserve lending” where the bank only needs 10% of the money they actually loan out. They are loaning out money that they don’t have. Bankers make money out of nothing, while the serfs work for it. It’s now a serfdom situation, where we are debt slaves to a financial elite in a rigged system. There is a nice interview with former Assistant Secretary of Housing and Federal Housing Catherine Austin Fitts where she explains the system. The Federal Reserve was formed by bankers on Jeckyll Island in Georgia, and were given control of the nation’s money supply. Nelson Aldrich helped establish this, and he has ties with J.P. Morgan and John Rockefeller (I see a theme here…). The idea was that they’re not supposed to be politically biased. But now insider bankers know all of data on what’s going on in the economy, and they use it to their advantage, like pulling their money out of the stock market prior to great depression and 9/11. The Federal Reserve is privately owned, and no government agency can overrule ANY of their actions. Here’s a link to a video that has some info on this topic: http://www.naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=DD638CE00648E98FD5BB19A0124A4CB5

I thought Thrive was pretty good, but it didn’t have a lot of original ideas. The clout of Foster Gamble allowed several high profile and trustworthy opinions to be inserted throughout, which was nice. It could’ve had a little bit more of David Icke, but at least he got a few minutes in there. In summary-it’s worth the few bucks it takes to watch it.

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