New to GOOD: Percy Vs Goliath

BY: Sharon Fitness for GOOD.

PERCY VS GOLIATH, new to GOOD. this weekend, is a compelling cinematic portrayal that dives deep into the David and Goliath battle between a small-town farmer, Percy Schmeiser, and a corporate giant, Monsanto. Based on a true story, this film captures the essence of one man’s stand against the patenting of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), bringing to life the ethical and legal battles that ensued.

Hollywood icon, Christopher Walken, embodying Percy Schmeiser, delivers a powerhouse performance. Walken’s portrayal is nuanced, blending resilience with vulnerability, making Percy not just a symbol of resistance, but a flesh-and-blood individual fighting for his livelihood and principles. The narrative does well to juxtapose his small-scale farming life against the mammoth legal and media storm he faces, painting a vivid picture of the stakes involved.

Supporting Walken is a stellar cast including Christina Ricci and Zach Braff, who bring depth to their roles, contributing to the film’s exploration of community, family, and the complexities of modern agriculture. The direction by Clark Johnson is effective, managing to maintain a steady pace and keeping the audience engaged through courtroom dramas and heartland vistas alike.

Christopher Walken, Christina Ricci and Zach Braff star in PERCY VS GOLIATH

At its core, PERCY VS GOLIATH is more than just a legal drama; it’s a story about integrity, tenacity, and the right to choose how one’s food is grown. The film skillfully navigates the intricacies of patent law and the moral dilemmas posed by GMOs, making these complex issues accessible to the audience. It prompts viewers to question the power dynamics between corporations and individual farmers, and the future of food sovereignty.

While the movie champions Percy’s fight, it doesn’t shy away from the challenges and sacrifices faced by him and his family. It portrays the immense pressure from legal battles, public scrutiny, and personal doubt, offering a realistic look into what it means to stand up against a seemingly invincible opponent.

The film does have a mammoth job trying to cover the extensive timeline of events and to that end it does tend to simplify the complex legal and agricultural issues, but it succeeds in highlighting the human element of this landmark case.

In conclusion, PERCY VS GOLIATH is a thought-provoking and inspiring film that sheds light on a significant moment in the fight for farmers’ rights and food independence. It’s a testament to the courage of Percy Schmeiser and the broader implications of his struggle, making it a must-watch for those interested in environmental justice, agriculture, and the resilience of the human spirit.

PERCY VS GOLIATH premieres on GOOD Friday April 5, broadcast and live stream at 8:00pm AEDT and available afterwards on demand on the GOOD app. Watch the trailer HERE.