Cert: 15 Runtime: 99 mins Director: John Dowe Cast: Louis Theroux, Marty Rathbun, Andrew Perez and Conner Stark
I’m past embittered. I don’t care
If you don’t all ready know Louis Theroux is a hero of man. He is one of the all time great documentarians, he has tackled very serious issues but can also show us the weird and wonderful world we live in. For ten plus years Louis has been interested in Scientology and has attempted to make a documentary about them. We have finally arrived at that point and it’s also his first feature length documentary too. So what is it about? With a lifetime of experience dealing with eccentric, unpalatable and unexpected human behaviour, the unassuming Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church of Scientology headquarters is turned down. Inspired by the Church’s alleged techniques, and aided by former Scientology members-turned-whistleblowers, Theroux uses actors to recreate incidents people claim to have experienced as members in an attempt to better understand the way it operates. However, in a bizarre twist, it becomes clear that Louis is not the only one making a documentary.
Louis Theroux always takes a different perspective on subjects, due to the lack of access to the church Louis re-enacts very disturbing and bizarre situations within the church. For me it wasn’t the documentary I expected it was slightly off par for me. I have investigated Scientology a lot over the last few years and it wasn’t anything new for me. If you are unaware of the church it’s slightly muddled and not that informative. You need a basic understanding of the church before entering My Scientology Movie. Louis seemed to have new ways of talking to people through out the film, a lot of long pauses especially. Marty Rathbun a seasoned ex-Scientologist really does give you more perspective of the darker side of the church which was very interesting. The re-enactments of the Hole were very disturbing and credit has to be given to Andrew Perez playing David Miscavige. He really was Miscavige in carnet, very disturbing. I am only basing his portrayal on what limited video I have seen him in. Very chilling stuff! In time I do hope Louis makes another feature documentary. But for him this was slightly disappointing.