Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief (2015)

Here’s a documentary that everyone has been talking about for the past couple of weeks and I decided to do a review of it. Scientology is a very controversial topic and it is something that will always be talked about. Nearly 50 years ago, science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard discovered Scientology as a religion. People became very interested and intrigued by this and wanted to find out a lot more about it. People’s lives were changing drastically. As the years went on, more and more people were joining the church. Before you were able to become a Scientologist, you would have to donate a lot of money to the church. In present day, Scientology is a religion that is highly controversial and people want to understand why these people are as crazy as they are. Scientology has very loyal followers and a great deal of celebrities are Scientologist’s. Tom Cruise and John Travolta are two of the better-known Scienotoligist’s. Even though the church has had many people leave, it still has tons of members. There has been evidence and signs of abuse while in the church and out of it. Will Scientology always be popular?

First off, Going Clear provides you with a ton of information about Scientology if you do not know much about it. It also provides you with a lot of insight on how the church is really run and functions. The creators of this really captured some great footage and provide you with a very chilling experience while watching this. You would have no idea how crazy these people can actually get. This is definitely a huge eye-opener for people who had no idea how these people act over Scientology. This documentary is actually something that you could consider scary because of how monstrous these people are.

Director, Alex Gibney really did well with this. He got the point across of how people’s lives have changed once having Scientology a part of it. Once people leave, they notice how their lives are very different from when they were in the Church, and not for the better. They are constantly stalked and harassed by current members of the Church. There has been many things we read about with how Scientology destroys families and breaks up marriages. That all seems a bit much, but after watching this documentary, you now know that everything you heard is absolutely true. Everything these people do is very disturbing.

Going Clear is something that could be made into a real movie, but knowing that this is real life makes it even more creepy and disturbing. No matter how much you know about Scientology, this is something that will inform you to the fullest. These people’s voices are heard and convey a great message. From the start of Scientology, all the way to the corruption, Going Clear really his the nail on the head with informing its viewers of how Scientology really works and how dangerous and disturbing it can actually be. It was very brave of the former members to speak up and get the word out about how Scientology is not a good thing to be a part of.

Overall, Going Clear is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. I think that it not only informs you of the background of Scientology, but also how monstrous these people can actually be. I definitely recommend that everyone give this a look, no matter what your thoughts on Scientology are.

Grade= B+ (Very Good!)


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