I'm not sure why it came as such as a shock to me, but this documentary about the life and accomplishments of Ralph Nader is an absolutely fascinating piece of filmmaking. And if you're one of the many who has sworn off even uttering the name Ralph Nader after he may or may not have spoiled a Democratic victory for the presidency two elections in a row, this film was made just for you.
Before the 2000 election, Nader was primarily known as the forerunner in his never-ending crusade against corporations that thought they could get away with, well, whatever they wanted. He was an idealistic crusader who would never let big companies or government hurt the American people without consequences. He first made a name for himself in 1966, fighting the deathtrap nature of General Motors' cars. The resulting smear campaign against him by the auto industry and clandestine investigation into his personal life by GM is the stuff of legend and opened the collective eyes of the American people as to the devious nature of corporations. Nader and his collection of hundreds of lawyers, college students, and other consumer advocates led the charge on issues and regulations we all assume have been in place forever: seat belts, nuclear power plant safety, product labels on food. If it weren't for Nader, you wouldn't get a free plane ticket or other compensation when you get bumped from an oversold flight.