What starts as an impassioned exploration of the medical establishment’s court-proven conspiracy to “contain and eliminate” the chiropractic profession soon turns into a scattershot expose of the entire health care field in “Doctored,” which bombastically skims over areas well mined by numerous, savvier docus. Visually and in its choice of interview subjects, the film never strays far from its original orientation, as footage of chiropractors and their patients inexplicably spills over onto discussions of unjust insurance companies or greedy pharmaceutical suppliers. Opening Sept. 21 in Gotham and a week later in Los Angeles, “Doctored” would have benefited from surgery.Except for its initial, relatively well-researched defense of chiropractors, the docu constantly calls to mind other films that explore the same topics more fully, from “Big Bucks, Big Pharma” to “Food, Inc.” and even the controversial “Burzynski.” Adopting a tone of outraged emotionalism toward every instance of medical malfeasance, be it a lack of respect for alternative medicine or attempts to legally force patients into chemotherapy for cancers that never manifest themselves, helmer Bobby Sheehan’s pic lacks shape and structure, flailing in all directions.
A Jeff Hays Films, Working Pictures production in association with Submarine Deluxe. Produced by Hays. Executive producers, Hays, Sara Feldmann Sheehan. Co-producer, Joe Gough. Directed, written by Bobby Sheehan.
Camera (color, HD), Sheehan; editors, Michael Caso, Erin Talgo, Robert Whitney; music, Paul Riggio. Reviewed on DVD, New York, Sept. 18, 2012. Running time: 105 MIN.
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