I’m quite embarrassed to call this a “film” review, since the picture I saw at the cinema was less a movie, but more so a sermon. In fact, Unity’s trailer and official website suggest it’s a documentary, but the film manages to document so little in its hour and a half long running time, that I’m immediately surprised it would ever be considered one.
Unity has this pro-vegan message. It begins with a clip of a cow being murdered, in hopes to capture the audience’s attention, and then begins with the narration of over one hundred different celebrities. In fact, it’s easier to name which celebrities have not lent their voice to the film than to name who has.
I would say my favorite part of Unity was that it suggests its audience is materialistic and far too obsessed with celebrities, when the narrators themselves are extremely wealthy celebrities and make their living off of our materialism and obsessions with their kind. Each time a narrator switches over, we’re treated to the headshot of each accompanied by their name. Every. Single. Time. In fact, some sentences are partially read by different actors, so there’s an eccentric and inordinate pause between words. This completely distracts from whatever point the film is trying to make. Not only that, but its message is obfuscated by the fact that it tries to cram so much into the film, that its sermon says very little at all.
Unity’s filmmakers tell us what it thinks is wrong, but ultimately offers no solution. It’s boring beyond comprehension and Shaun Monson needs to go back to film school or watch more documentaries to see how it’s made. Just because you agree with the film’s message doesn’t make it a good film. The first ten minutes of Monson’s last film, Earthlings, was far more captivating than this entire film. Avoid this one entirely.