Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Movie review: America Declassified

Focusing on some of America's most well-known conspiracy theories and mysteries, scientific testing and forensic tools are used to explore unusual stories and locations. Rumored bunkers, unusual crimes, aliens, and surviving disasters are some of the topics.

Ben McGee, Mike Baker, Ted Steward (Narrator), Kenneth Altman (Sound Man), James Bamford, Jonah Bauserman, Richard Belzer, Sandra Butler, Mark Dice, Anita Dickason.

Each episode of America Declassified takes a hard look at a mystery or rumor and using scientific methods, attempts to prove or disprove each one. Though the approach sounds solid, there is obviously some drama and dramatization added to keep things interesting. As we also find out in the last episode, a behind-the-scenes look, there was even pertinent footage and information that was left on the cutting room floor.

Though not acting in the traditional sense, McGee and Baker were the two main characters in the series and both presented well.

Camera work was nicely done with solid shots and good technical work. Sets and backgrounds were generally physical locations but were presented well with good camera work. Dialogue was solid if repetitive much of the time. Sound and soundtrack were okay.

Those who enjoy conspiracy theories and mysteries will likely enjoy this one quite a bit. From the Travel Channel, America Declassified is more dramatic than factual possibly but quite entertaining.

With some mild content concerns like crime photos, this should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2013
Reviewed: 1.12.15
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Reality TV, TV Shows, Investigative Reality TV

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