Over the years there have been many who point to significant events in history and attempt to tie them together into a massive web of secrecy implemented by an elite ruling class. Most familiarly, author Dan Brown (of The Da Vinci Code fame) has made his fortune creating fiction out of such ideas. With the number of people subscribing to some form of “conspiracy” theories, it was only a matter of time before someone (or two someones) sought to document not the theories, but the theorists themselves. And now directors Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel – award-winning directors of the excellently hilarious and surprisingly engaging 2006 documentary Darkon – have sought to do just that with their new feature-length documentary New World Order.

New World Order follows a select group of conspiracy theorists (a designation that they seem to not especially appreciate), as they travel  to various locations espousing their particular set of beliefs – mainly focusing on the idea that 9/11 was an inside job and that the annual Bilderberg conference is a place for global elites to set their “new world order” agenda. What the film doesn’t attempt to do is to investigate any of the claims of the main characters, and this turns out to be a particularly wise choice by the filmmakers. In fact, this decision is what  sets New World Order apart from conspiracy documentaries. Meyer and Neel are not seeking to convince audiences of any viewpoint, but rather simply to present audiences with behind-the-scenes views of these who do present those viewpoints. In the same way that Darkon examined the lives of a group of people involved in a live-action gaming world, New World Order examines the lives of those dedicated to revealing the dastardly deeds of the global elite.

Featuring the radio host and cult hero Alex Jones as well as many lesser-known leaders (Luke Rudowski, Seth Jackson, Jack McLamb), New World Order chronicles the daily exploits of those who have made it their mission in life to expose secret societies and inform the general public of the dangers of remaining passive against such powers. From setting up shop in front of the hotel housing the Bilderberg conference to passing out leaflets in front of ground zero, the leaders and members of these movements are ready at a moment’s notice to discuss their beliefs and why they believe them. And in the candid way that Meyer and Neel have presented them, audiences are likely to feel both empathetic and interested in the theorists’ causes while also maintaining a healthy skepticism as to the reality of their claims. Watching Alex Jones claim that each car that follows them is a tail or a CIA “spook” or that a fire alarm was pulled just to drive him from his hotel room is pure entertainment while watching a theorist’s tears as he explains his own dedication to his beliefs during a 9/11 commemoration helps drive home the determination and dedication these people have to their cause. New World Order is both entertaining and disturbing in the highest sense of either word.

For those looking to view the latest Alex Jones documentary recounting his various evidences of global elitism, New World Order may seem like light viewing but for those simply looking for a taste of the conspiracy theorist lifestyle, it’s the kind of film that lets you test the waters without drinking the Kool Aid.

Zach’s Rating: B-
Perfect For: Those looking for a hodge-podge collection of conspiracy theorist info
Stay Away if: You’re looking for a more complete study of a single theory

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