Fast Food Nation
- 1 hr 56 min
Directed by Richard Linklater, Fast Food Nation is a British and American dramatic film that was produced in 2006. The themes and plot of the film are taken from the non-fiction book with the same title written by Eric Schlosser in 2001. The screen play for the film was penned by both Schlosser and Linklater. The film follows the story of Don Anderson, who is played by Greg Kinnear. Kinnear plays the marketing director of a hamburger chain that is about to release a new sandwich called The Big One. Anderson finds out that the meat contains a fair amount of fecal matter and travels to a fake town named Cody, Colorado, to investigate the meat packing company that has been hired by the fast-food chain. His tour of the facility reveals no sloppy practices and leaves him suspicious that he has been duped by the company. The film also follows the lives of a few of the employees of the meat packing company. Disillusioned with their jobs, some of the employees begin to plot their own armed robbery of local fast food joints. In addition, some of the employees attempt to help the cattle escape from their confinement. After breaking into the plant and removing the fence, they are surprised and stunned to find that the cattle wish to remain in captivity. After almost being arrested for the attempt, they are left to consider why the cattle chose to wait for slaughter. The film also details the lives of a few illegal immigrants that work at the plant and the terrible conditions they must work under in order to survive. The film was shot on location in Colorado Springs along with Austin and Houston, Texas. Additional scenes, including those that take place in the meat packing plant, were shot in Mexico. The film has received mixed reviews but has also won many awards, including Best Feature Film at the Genesis Awards.