Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013)
Directed by Cullen Hoback.
2013 79 minutes
Not Rated: (equivalent of PG for mild thematic elements).
Reviewed by Dustin Putman, August 13, 2013.
Though we can monitor the type of information we put on the Internet, who is to say how far the government's reach is in keeping tabs on us, or how much fine print we may overlook when hitting "agree" to a terms and conditions policy? After all, the film claims, if we read every last word of every contract we signed or accepted, one week out of every month would have to be dedicated to this. There is an urgency to "Terms and Conditions May Apply," its editing taut and almost rhythmic in its forward motion, but Hoback offers no solution, probably because there isn't one. Late in the film, Hoback tracks down Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at home, asking for an interview. Only after Zuckerberg believes he is no longer being recorded does the directorand the cameradetect a flash of a smile on his face. It could mean nothing, or, as Hoback surmises, it could be a window into not only Zuckerberg's, but everyone's, desire to still retain a certain confidentiality in their lives. Short of going into the woods and living in an isolated cabin with no electricity, there's no escape from the prying eyes and ears of a society craving information, and knowing just how to get it.