Freakonomics

(M)★★★■

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Dvds - Stars: Steven Levitt, Stephen Dub­ner Di­rec­tor: Var­i­ous Avail­able: Now on DVD

‘‘ If you can fig­ure out what peo­ple’s in­cen­tives are to do some­thing, then there’s a good chance you will be able to work out how they will be­have.’’ That was the ba­sic phi­los­o­phy be­hind the lit­er­ary hit Freakonomics. In this screen adap­ta­tion, six tal­ented film­mak­ers get to telling some of the more fas­ci­nat­ing ques­tions and con­cepts raised in the book – like can a stu­dent be bribed to suc­ceed and what’s the deal with cor­rup­tion in Sumo wrestling. Told in a se­ries of seg­ments, it doesn’t al­ways gel but is as­sem­bled in an en­ter­tain­ing way.

Ex­tras: ½ Trailer.

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