Documentary Review: ‘Trust Machine: The Story Of Blockchain’

Review By Bradley Smith

Like me, you may not have heard the term Blockchain, but you probably have heard of Bitcoin, even if you are not certain what it is or why it was widely discussed for a time. Alex Winter’s new documentary delves into both of these and how this new structure could potentially revolutionize the financial industry, among other uses.

With insightful narration by Rosario Dawson (who, sadly, just lost a couple potential jobs with recent news of Luke Cage and Iron Fist, though it looked liked she was taking a break from them anyway), Trust Machine delves into the technology that supports cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin; a type of decentralized ledger that everyone can see and use. It is fascinating, though I can not say I fully understand the system after just one viewing; if the screener copy had not expired, I would have watched it a couple more times.

Therein lies one of the problems, the film tries to cover a variety of aspects of blockchains and itself becomes kind of decentralized like its subject. It discusses the origin and uprising of blockchains. It gets into Bitcoin and the variety of copy cats that have sprung up since it became a household name. It debates the pros and cons of the decentralized nature of blockchains. It looks into uses other than cryptocurrencies, like sharing solar energy. All fascinating elements to explore, certainly, but the messages can get lost or garbled if you are not paying close enough attention.

That being said, I would recommend this documentary. If for no other reason than the subject matter has the potential to change just about every industry if it can be embraced. And, yes, I will admit some bias because I am a fan of the director/writer, Alex Winter (Neo’s buddy from another lifetime).

TRUST MACHINE opens Oct 26 in NY and in L.A. on Nov 16.

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