Judge David Johnson's rock name is Mono.
Was this ripped off of YouTube?
I'm okay with U2. There's no way I can deny their talent or impact on the music world. And Bono seems like a cool cat. His interviews reveal him to be a good-minded dude, smart and insightful. The guy is almost certainly over-exposed, but I think his heart is in the right place. That all being said, this fawning release is embarrassing in its near-erotic praise of Bono and his bandmates.
The documentary runs a tad south of 50 minutes and focuses on the activism of the band, not the music. This isn't a musical biography, but rather a short anthology of Bono's exhaustive work on behalf of the poor and suffering of the world. You'll get a solid cross-section of the organizations and causes he's trumpeted over the years: Greenpeace, third-world country debt forgiveness, AIDS in Africa, cleaning up nuclear waste, the RED campaign and whole lot of fighting against poverty with irritating Hollywood celebrities.
Now, Rock Crusade is an unauthorized biography, and it certainly looks the part. Lots and lots of dated file footage and archived interviews are resuscitated and tossed together in a semi-coherent, sort-of chronological narrative thread, then narrated by a guy who seemingly pronounces the word "Bono" differently every time he says it.
Look, if you're rabid U2 and/or Bono fanboy or fangirl, there might be something of value here. Or maybe you're just angling to flesh out your shrine. Regardless, I can't see this release appealing to anyone else. The production value is sub-par and the slack-jawed, amorous narration approaches masturbatory levels. For 98 percent of the viewing public out there, I'd say pass.
The disc lives down to its unauthorized billing: the full frame transfer is VHS quality and the 2.0 stereo mix is one of the worst I've heard in a long time. There are four additional segments that essentially rehash material found in the feature proper.
My favorite moment: French president Jacques Chirac being referred to by the narrator as "center-right." Center-right of whom? Che Guevera?
Guilty. It's a crappy day.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Infinity Entertainment
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