That Sugar Film is a 2014 documentary, which explores the impact of sugar on the human body. The documentary stars Australian actor, Damon Gameau, who should be familiar from shows such as Underbelly, Gallipoli and Secrets & Lies. The movie also has a few guest appearances, but it is truly a one man show. The film isn’t necessarily new, as it does follow in the suit with many others, including Super Size Me. Of course, it is somewhat different, since it takes on sugar and stars an Australian.
The documentary does many things right. It gets straight to the point and attempts to deliver a good message. From time to time, it does get bogged down in its own lightheartedness and silliness. The experimentation is well thought out and it is clear that Gameau, who had been clean of sugar for 3 years, put a lot of effort into the process. His intentions are good and the documentary could very well prove to be eye opening for many viewers.
Damon has enough charisma to keep the documentary interesting throughout its hour and a half run. The only potential downfall of the documentary is the conspiracy slant targeting food manufacturers. Sure, they’re to blame in a sense, but people must take responsibility for their own actions and the foods they consume. Unfortunately, the majority of people don’t seem to care or just push the can down the road and pledge to take care of it in the future.
Undoubtedly, the most memorable portion of the film is the interaction with the Kentuckian, who absolutely loves his Mountain Dew, as do many other Americans. It is truly hard not to feel sorry for the fellow, but is Mountain Dew the sole cause of his problem? We may never know, but it is undeniably that his soda consumption didn’t help either.
At the end of the day, That Sugar Film is a good time killer, if you’ve got nothing better to do. Australian television enthusiasts will enjoy the presence of Damon Gameau and will find it a pleasure to experience him outside of a role. So, the documentary deserves a 7 out of 10. Be sure to check it out for yourself today. It is currently available on Amazon Prime for all you lucky Primesters.