John Doyle: Scientology's sad facts finally revealed in Going Clear - 2015-09-04
Going Clear doesn't answer all your questions about Scientology. It explains a lot. And it's far from the sensational exposé that some people imagine. Filmmaker Alex Gibney (who also made the great docs Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God) is simply methodical. The gist of the doc is finding answers to three questions: Where did this contentious religion come from? What are its core beliefs? And why does it attract so many people in Hollywood?
It paints a devastating portrait of L. Ron Hubbard, the sci-fi writer who cooked some sci-fi ideas into a religion. A troubled, charismatic man emerges, a con artist turned therapist. And yet, when the doc deals with the matter of those celebrities who have embraced the Church of Scientology, a good deal of the lure of Hubbard makes sense.