However, in this case (and thanks to the winter holidays), I eventually managed to find the time and watch this movie in full one night. And it proved to be a most interesting experience.
You can get an idea of the movie by watching some parts of it: it is entirely available at different places, including youtube. The Zeitgeist website contains loads of additional information, including an interactive transcript. This movie is a documentary, addressing several different topics with a single background idea: institutions have been lying to us forever, which is an idea that I fully cosign and has been the base justifying some of my attitudes in politics.
The film starts with a part I dedicated to the origin of the story of Jesus, and its multiple links to many different gods of other religious traditions from the past (Egypt, Greece...), all based on astrological phenomena. Then it goes to discuss the events of the September 11 attacks in the USA, summarizing the many controversial issues around them (part II). Finally there is a part III dealing with the manipulations of the economy in USA and other countries.
As I wrote elsewhere, I was deeply impressed by this film. I was well aware of some of the topics (in particular, I have read loads of information regarding the 9/11 events), while in other cases, as the links of the Jesus story with previous religions, it was all pretty much new to me.
While watching this movie, it reminded me of the films of Michael Moore: both share the powerful drawing and the ideological goal is quite clear, you can't get mistaken about it. The outline is diverse but the linking between all parts becomes soon evident: this is a call to independent thinking, to use your own mind to analyze facts, instead of relying on the official truth about them.
In my opinion, and while I find the whole documentary is well worth to watch, the solidity of the different parts shows a significant deal of variety: for instance, part I seems firmly based; these days, serious research (meaning not manipulated by official research from the catholic church) has shown that most (if not all) of the so-called sacred history is, in fact, based on pure myths. But the detail described in this film is deeply enlightening, and I bet more than a few catholics with an open mind could be deeply surprised by its content.
In the same way (and in this case, my previous information is much stronger), the part II is a quick summary of reports that are extensively spread throughout the net: the story of the 9/11 was, let's say, amazingly reinterpreted by the official truth, so that there are countless inconsistencies, and many lines of evidence indicate that it was basically falsified in order to justify later military actions that were planned well in advance. This is no surprise to many of us and more and more people are realizing it is the case. I found, however, a very illuminating suggestion: Most people considers that the Irak war is going badly for USA. But in fact it might be going perfect (for the people interested in starting it): the longer it gets (as happened in Vietnam), the bigger their profit will be. This is jut another case when you need to regard the news with a different view.
However, the last part, in which the movie goes into detail about the story of central banks and the Federal Reserve of USA and their role in the economy, looks less strong in my opinion. While some of the messages are plausible, the overall interpretation seems a bit simplistic to me, and the final, rather catastrophic message, of an USA economic elite with elaborated plans to gain control over the whole world economy (by implanting a system based on money managed exclusively by chips, that could simply be switched off when an individual gets too annoying for the System) detracts somehow from the otherwise very serious message of the film.
Yet this does not block in any way the central idea: the humans institutions, along the full story, have been using pure and simple lies in order to have social control. In many cases, some of the lies were established for years -or even centuries as the truth, leading to the appearance of most influential religions, or to the start of wars whose actual origin was purely economic.
All in all, I think this movie deserves being watched and I am trying my best to spread the word about it. Whether you agree with all or not is rather irrelevant: the focus on independent thinking, on making your own analysis about the reality, is what actually matters here. I think this film succeeds admirably in transmitting this message, inspiring the spectators to wake up and have a completely different regard on reality. And that is a message I completely cosign: do not let others dictate your way of thinking. It can be harder and take you more time, but it is always worth to persist in having your own ideas after analyzing the information by yourself.
So a sentence used in its ads by a favourite company of mine could be the best conclusion for this review:
Think different: Think freely, think by yourself. ;-)