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About the Movie
A quirky genius with a sharp wit and a provocative worldview, Dean Kamen is our era's Thomas Edison. He takes on the world's grand challenges one invention at a time. Best known for his Segway Human Transporter, Kamen has reconceived kidney dialysis, engineered an electric wheelchair that can travel up stairs (the Ibot), reworked the heart stent, built portable insulin pumps, founded FIRST robotics to inspire young students, and on and on.Holder of over 440 patents, Kamen devotes himself to dreaming up products that improve people's lives. For the last 15 years, he has relentlessly pursued an effective way to clean up the world's water supply and has invented an energy efficient vapor compression distiller that can turn any unfit source of water (seawater, poisoned well water, river sludge, etc.) into potable, safe water without any need for chemical additives or filters. SlingShot is a film about an indomitable man who just might have enough passion, will, and innovative thinking to create a solution for a crisis that affects billions.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 8
- Fresh: 4
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 7.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Accounts of Mr. Kamen's other good works - like founding a charity to teach children about science - only increase the sense of a glorified sales pitch, however noble or inspiring the cause.
Rotten: Director Paul Lazarus devotes much of the running time to constructing Kamen's cult of personality. He's variously shown to be a Steve Jobs-type visionary, a Bill Gates-type philanthropist and a John du Pont-type eccentric.
Fresh: Lazarus' film might not be all that engaging as a piece of cinema, but it's a worthy examination of a classic scientist trying to make strides for the human race while living in a post-modern world that doesn't always care.
A Lesson in Humility
The average person walks around with a certain degree of self respect they feel is well deserved for one accomplishment or another. Then you come into contact with someone who puts those achievements to shame. Someone like Dean Kamen.
I was introduced to 'SlingShot' when a friend invited me to a screening in LA. I was blown away. Through it's careful examination of Kamen's life, you can observe how his warm, eccentric nature has driven him to create devices that will and have revolutionized the world. None more so than the SlingShot water purification device that I have no doubt will one day end the world's water crisis and in the process wipe out 50% of the world's disease.
You need to see this documentary, everyone you care about needs to see this documentary. It's message needs to be spread far and wide, so that Kamen can continue to fix the world "one invention at a time."
A Documentary Everyone Should See
This movie really blew me away. There is lot to learn from Dean Kamen and his persistence in inventing machines that help people all over the world. When this documentary ended I felt inspired and optimistic that engineers and scientists will help turn this water crisis around.
An inspiring film about an extraordinary man
This is an entertaining and thought provoking film about a brilliant inventor who is passionate about making the world a better place. We observe Dean Kamen at his office, his home, a robotics competition, and piloting his own helicopter and jet.
Most importantly, we get a glimpse of the creative process that led to the development of a device that provides clean, safe water to communities around the world where impure water is a serious health hazard. We see his frustrations in trying to get this device out to as many communities as possible.
Ultimately, we get to know a man who has an extraordinary brain, a big heart, a conscience, and a nice sense of humor.
Congratulations to director/producer Paul Lazarus for putting together such a compelling story about this amazing man.