I think ‘The Corporation‘ (2003) is a shock movie for most people, especially young people who are new entrants to the business world. It is a documentary about the corporation- a ubitiquous, though artificial, entity- which has become an economic, social, and political force around the world. The movie is no balanced analysis of the corporation, rather it is an examination of a corporation’s negative behavior- what the film refers to as “a dangerously destructive psychopath without conscience”.
The basic argument of the movie is that the corporation is a legal person with constitutional rights but no responsibilities. It compares corporations to a psychopath on various defining criteria of a clinical psychopath. But where it does a really great job is providing examples of corporate mis-actions. I think this is where a new recruit to the business world will learn most- Seeing actual, real world, concrete examples of how companies that we all love and have grown up with have influenced our lives in negative ways!
I recommend the movie to all those who who are looking for a thought-provoking movie to watch (with a disclaimer that it is a one-sided view of the corporate world).