British journalist takes on the church in documentary 'My Scientology Movie' - 2017-03-09
Over the last few years, Scientology has gone from being a mysterious, controversial religious movement to being extensively criticized in books, movies and TV series. So there's nothing really new revealed in Louis Theroux's documentary "My Scientology Movie" — although the veteran British journalist's approach to the subject is original enough to be entertaining.
Theroux's great coup is to garner the participation of Mark Rathbun, a former high-level Scientologist who helps stage reenactments of some of the intimidation and indoctrination techniques that he either witnessed or facilitated.
Like many British documentarians, Theroux adopts the pose of the curious naif, asking so many innocently needling questions that he eventually gets under Rathbun's skin, stoking his guilt and paranoia. Almost inadvertently, the dynamic between the two illustrates what it's like for people to be at odds with their own faith.