Review of Adam Curtis’s HyperNormalisation

Curtis’s Bitter Lake left me feeling a bit underwhelmed, like maybe his approach had warn itself out on me, so I hesitated to be excited when I heard about HyperNormalisation, but of course I had to see what he had to say about our most recent circumstances. Curtis’s devotion is to uncovering the hidden systems of power that move around us. How many layers does this onion have? This isn’t a movie that tells you there’s a way to fix things. The scary thing is it tells you the opposite.

You can expect many of his cliche’s throughout the movie, (A BINGO game circulated and I believe everything would have been crossed out) and there’s the classic Adam Curtis soundtrack and editing skills. I have seen numerous posts about how it feels like Zeitgeist. All I know about that movie is I hated the less than 10 minutes I sat through. If Curtis’s work feels repetitive after watching enough of his films, its because the stories often involve the same familiar characters and plot-lines.

If you don’t like his stuff to begin with, just don’t bother watching this one. However, if you enjoy his work like I do you’ll enjoy HyperNormalisation for its bleak portrait of what forces have been shaping our violent times. You’ll still be confused, but you’ll at least understand a little more why nothing seems real anymore.

A journey through darkness.

This is not a safe space. The world is not a safe space.

I’m a shut in, interested in anarchism one consisting of pessimistic, anti-civ and nihilist ideas. I don’t know what form this blog will take yet, but I’ll talk about anything relevant to these four areas of thought.

To be a good citizen/worker/soldier you need to be optimistic about the future. There is something to aspire to. I want to destroy this mythology created by the slave drivers (among other names throughout history to call it, but it comes down to bodies being seen as commodities to be managed, hence they want you to be “healthy” mentally i.e. have a positive disposition, assimilate to the status quo).


Who owns your body?

Unfortunately for anybody who wants to end their existence and is looking to depart with the beautiful views of the Golden Gate, San Francisco plans on hiring 5 new “suicide prevention officers“, bringing the total to 22. Currently there are usually 2 on the bridge at a given time.

No amount of suicide prevention will stop those who are committed to their exit. A couple of days ago in Oakland a man in a wheelchair blew himself up with a pipe bomb inside a clinic. “We are living in a time in which some of us have given up on life, some of us have some mental issues that need treatment. I see it too often now.”


More information on suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge:

Wikipedia: Suicides at the Golden Gate Bridge

Jumpers: The fatal grandeur of the Golden Gate Bridge