It’s usually easy to shrug off conspiracy theory films as the warped creations of paranoid activists, the sort who spend all their monthly bandwidth watching fuzzy YouTube videos of “New UFO sightings” in San Diego. Not this one.
Zeitgeist will be categorised under ‘Conspiracy Theories’ and thus widely dismissed, which is a shame since its argument is measured, matter of fact and chillingly compelling. The film aims to debunk what it calls “the greatest story ever told” – the myth of Christianity. We have been monumentally hoodwinked to believe a story about Jesus Christ, a man that Zeitgeist asserts – and more or less proves – did not even exist. We have also been led to believe that the 9/11 attacks in the US were orchestrated by Osama Bin Laden.
Zeitgeist wheels out irrefutable evidence that it was an inside job. But what will really make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, given the current global economic recession, is the film’s argument that the Federal Reserve Bank is responsible for enslaving the US economy and bringing it to its knees whenever it sees the opportunity to increase its power. A one world government? Microchips planted in our arms? George Bush’s granddad in bed with Hitler? It would all be easy to shrug off if one didn’t get the nagging sense that one is being told the truth.