Monday, February 8, 2016

Movie review: SlingShot

SlingShot is a documentary focused on Segway creator Dean Kamen as he works to solve the world's water crisis. Journey along with Kamen through creation of a water purification system, testing, and his plans to solve the current and future water shortage.

Dean Kamen, Director: Paul Lazarus

Though some may recognize Kamen as the Segway creator, many may not know he is an inventor whose focus for many years has been on solving the world's water shortage. This documentary begins with some mild backstory on Kamen before moving to his current project. When human illness comes to his attention Kamen realizes that clean water is a huge factor in both causing and eradicating illness. This in turn leads him to working on a global clean water solution. Follow the evolution in this strongly engaging documentary.

Kamen presents on film surprisingly well for an inventor. Though after watching this film, he has obviously had to engage in marketing throughout his life and in fact, this film may simply be marketing that is needed for his new water purification system which he intends to give the world for free.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were simple and natural throughout. Dialogue was good, presenting a lot of information nicely with some tidbits of humor here and there. Sound and soundtrack were well done.

Reading between the lines this film seems to be Kamen trying to spread the word about his new water purification system and how it could improve conditions around the world. This would seem like shameless advertising by someone with money except that Kamen doesn't seem interested in making money from this venture. Those with an interest in new technology or humanitarianism should enjoy this one.

Nothing here to limit audience age.

Released: 2014
Reviewed: 1.20.16
Star rating: 5 out of 5
Genre: Documentary, Biography, News

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