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Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine
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Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine Movie Review

Now available on Blu-ray and DVD (Buy on Amazon)

Steve Jobs wasn’t a god, but some people revere him as such. It’s a strange phenomenon, one that Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney explores in the documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine.

While some may argue, Jobs isn’t nearly as interesting of a subject as those in Gibney’s other docs--Going Clear (Scientology), Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Enron) and Taxi to the Dark Side (torture), to name a few--and as a result the documentary lacks the punch Gibney is known to deliver. But for a documentary about a popular and sometimes controversial businessman, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine does the trick.

It’s a pretty straightforward documentary, which presents two sides of the late Apple founder: one as an innovator and genius who pushed the computer industry forward and popular icon, the other as a ruthless businessman and downright asshole with little empathy for others.

Gibney does a good job of painting a holistic picture of the man, and for those not well versed in Jobs’ history or personality may find the documentary fascinating. For the rest of us, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine is a good reminder that Steve Jobs, to be the innovator that he was, had to be ruthless. He’s a man--yes, just a man--who had a vision and would do anything necessary to achieve that vision. You don’t need to like him, but you can still like the movie.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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