Review: Going Clear, Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)

This documentary was OUTSTANDING.

Academy Award Winning documentary maker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) made this documentary with HBO based on Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wrights novel of the same name. That sentence alone should give you an idea of the brilliance, production value, weight, research, time and skill put into this documentary.

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Going Clear is a brutal expose of Scientology, from it’s creation by L. Ron Hubbard all the way up to 2014. The things revealed in this documentary are shocking, confronting and beyond what I had ever even imaged this “church” was capable of. I started watching this late at night and it gave me the heebie jeebies so bad I had to postpone watching it until daylight. It will get under your skin, give you the creeps while simultaneously have you asking yourself “how do people believe this shit?!”

Interviews with top ranking ex-scientology members including Mike Rinder, Marty Hathbun, Paul Haggis and Jason Beghe narrate the journey of Scientology from a thought bubble in science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard’s mind to an organisation that has a net worth of over $3 Billion dollars.

Dear Diary, today I invented a really insane cult!

Dear Diary, today I invented a really insane cult!

If you like documentaries or have ever had any interest in learning about the cult-like behaviour and actions of Scientology you NEED to see this film.

It is brilliant. Every minute of this feature had me staring open mouthed in shock or crying at the outrageous things that have taken place within this organisation since it’s creation in the 1960s.

There is not a lot else that can be said about this documentary except how incredible it is. I implore all of you to see it if possible because it is shedding light on one of the darkest and most secretive (not to mention dangerous, destructive and abusive) organisations of our age.

Tom Cruise; Renowned couch molester and the "Spoilt Child of Scientology"

Tom Cruise; Renowned couch molester and the                    “Spoilt Child of Scientology”

Through testimonials of ex-scientologists, archive footage, court records, high budget reconstructions, home made videos and original footage this documentary is everything that Scientology hates. It explains the foundations of their belief, the tools they use, how they use them, the lengths that they have and will not doubt continue to go to to keep their secrets safe and sound.

This was a brave piece of film making from Gibney and I have absolutely no doubt that he is going to get hell back from Scientology.

"I'm sure I'll never regret this dictator style portrait" -

“I’m sure I’ll never regret this dictator style portrait” – David Miscavige aka Head Honcho

The current leader of the organisation named David Miscavige is revealed to be a truly sadistic man who will go to any lengths necessary to protect Scientology. The sooner you can see this film the better because I can guarantee he will be making his best efforts to attempt to wipe out any source for viewing.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is out now in selective theatres. Or if you are that way inclined it is also available online, I don’t mention that option often but I imagine there are a few people who may even fear to see this at a cinema.

Any Scientology goons reading this, you probs shouldn’t bother with me I’m really poor and unimportant.

Here’s the trailer…

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