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Consumed (2015)

June. 01,2015
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When Sophie's son, Garrett, develops a mysterious illness, she embarks on a search for answers. This leads her into the controversial world of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) where a sociopolitical battle rages between organic farmers and big biotech corporations. As her desperation grows, so too does her quest for knowledge. And the deeper she goes, a more heightened sense of danger develops that preys on her state of mind, as she attempts to discover the root cause of her son's illness.


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Michael Ledo

Sophie (Zoe Lister-Jones) is a waitress working at Charley's studying business communication . Along with the help of her mom (Beth Grant) she struggles to raise her son Garret (Nick Wilkin) who has recently developed a skin rash of unknown origin. Sophie goes on line and discovers that it must be the genetically modified food (most likely just one specific food and not just anything modified). This allows us to expose the real life practices of companies such as Monsanto or "Clonestra" in this case.The film in itself was not a true story but was created by piecing together real events. The plus side of genetically modified foods is mentioned briefly in a sales pitch, although there is more such as the changing environment and stronger diseases requiring sturdier plants. Zoe Lister-Jones nails it as a concerned mom fighting her own demons, although we are left hanging about the son. The tie-in to Danny Glover as an organic farmer added the issue of cross contamination and harassment. When they introduced Serge (Kunal Nayyar) as an Indian researcher in order to highlight third world practices, it stretched the film's credibility. This should have been background material.The current fight for the group that made the film is to force companies to label GMOs beyond tomatoes.Guide:F-words. No sex or nudity.

William May

As someone who makes a lot of short films myself, I can say this is top notch with the budget they had to work with. As for the actual film, most films like this are documentaries, and I appreciate seeing it presented as an actual film. The documentaries exposing GMOs are great for facts, and this film manages to provide facts along with story. However, I do have a problem with the ending. I'm sorry, but no matter how you slice it I have zero sympathy for biotech CEOs, as they, in real life, don't care about their products. As someone with several pro-gmo "freinds", I can tell you they either fake support my decisions or they take a hard stance on it and refuse to look for any information, or only look at biotech funded "non-profits", the very pro-gmo US government, or universities like Cornell that receive heavy funding from biotech companies. Would give it a 10 if the CEO wasn't made into a sympathetic character, but still a great film.

Richard Mazurek

I enjoyed the actors and plot . In fact watched it twice over the last 2 months. I am concerned about gmo seeds, and have ready a lot of shady goings on with Monsanto. Seed police , suing farmers into bankruptcy, going after seed washers,lack of real long term studies (been lookin for them) etc, etc.I see the blanket statements on ads saying " We use all natural healthy ingredients and gmo grown produce which has been found to be perfectly safe as though it were fact? Obama said 7 years ago all gmo would be labeled??I honestly think it looks just like big tobacco....and later the sugar industry.I liked the movie sugar coated too.The movie had action,human interaction and suspense. It was done well, with smooth transitions scene to scene.


I wanted to say hey this is actually a good film and it is actually researched. I wanted to see for myself so I went onto pub-med and actually found a whole bunch of studies linking GMOs and Monsanto roundup to autistic behavior, all kinds of allergies and yes even cancer. There are many reputable scientists who are genuinely concerned about the use of modified crops that can handle large amounts of pesticides that end up in the food in bigger numbers than ever before. You are what you eat, and the more we allow pesticides and chemicals like roundup that has been clinically proved to disrupt enzymes and proteins and cause cellular mutations then the worse off we are. There is good hard science backing the stories in this film yet many average people simply don't know this because the corporately owned media does its best to paint GMOs in a positive light. Go on pub-med and search yourself! Itys a shame this film is getting such bad ratings because of "damage control" from fake profiles and just plain old ignorant public who simply have no clue how GMOs are even created and why the science still has a long way to go before its safe. We are creating new toxic proteins and stuff that our bodies don't like or want. You can prove this to yourself, buy some food that you know is GMO, and buy the same kind of food that is organic and then try and feed both to your dog or cat (something they like obviously) and you'll notice that the animals somehow know what is GMO and what is not, they instinctively ALWAYS go for the natural non GMO and leave the GMO product in the bowl. This had been proved also with mice. When mice invade a farm shed they always leave the GMO seeds, wont eat them but they eat everything else. Why? because nature knows best. Also when you feed GMO food to animals they develop much higher cases of abnormalities, swollen glands and have higher cancer rates. This is a scientific fact here. Im not making anything up because I don't need to. Its just that the average public have no idea of these facts because these facts you have to dig deep for because no one in the corporate media will write articles about this. In fact they are paid my agricultural companies to write positive spin about GMOS. This is how it actually is. This is a really important film and if you google it you'll also find out these A list actors also agree about the dangers of GMOs and the feel passionately about it, because they are informed.