People vs. The State of Illusion – Movie Review

People vs. The State of Illusion

People vs. The State of Illusion

Starring: Austin Vickers, J.B. Tuttle, Amy Baklini

Directed by Scott Cervine

Run Time: 80 mins
Genre: Documentary/ Drama
4 frames out of 5

There’s a saying that “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” But is that really true? Can people change? Or more unimaginable, change for the better?

In the documentary, “People vs. The State of Illusion”, former Fortune 100 trial lawyer Austin Vickers leads the viewer through the fictional trial and conviction of Aaron Roberts (J.B. Tuttle). Aaron is a single father that has been struggling with life since his wife died. A few bad decisions lead to his arrest and conviction for manslaughter. This tears him away from his daughter, which leads Aaron to a very dark, angry place in his emotional and spiritual well-being. Using a panel of expert witnesses to dissect the behavior, beliefs and the challenges of Human Nature, Aaron is given the opportunity to take a horrible situation and either uses it as an opportunity for growth or to stay in the mire he has created for himself.

Experts interviewed include:
• Dr. Joe Dispenza, Neuroscientist, Author and International
• Debbie Ford, Life Coach, NY Times Best Selling Author
• Dr. Michael Vandermark, Psychologist, Professor of
Organizational Development, Co-Founder of the Human Process Mastery
Institute, Author
• Dr. Robert Jahn, Former Dean of Princeton School of
Engineering, Founder of the Princeton Engineering Anomolies Research
Lab (PEAR), Author
• Dr. Brenda Dunne, President of the International Consciousness
Research Lab, Author
• Dr. Thomas Moore, Psychotherapist, NY Times Bestselling Author
• Dr. Peter Senge, Scott Cervine of the Center for Organizational
Learning, MIT, Author
• Dr. Candace Pert, Former NIH Chief of Brain Neurochemistry,

Through the exploration of science and the power of perception, the question remains – can people really change? Or are we who we are and that’s it? That we are born the way we are or our total identity and personality is determined by our environment, family, etc. Following in the footsteps of films such as “What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?” and “The Secret”, this film takes what was introduced and expands it where the viewer can relate on an everyday level. It gives a comprehensible meaning to emotional intelligence, where so many others in films, books and speakers, have alluded to but the meaning is still vague. In an age where so many people are hurting and searching for the key to their happiness, this film puts the key in the viewer’s hands and challenges them to see they can unlock their own prison.

What was really great about this film is that it is easy to follow, understand and the viewer can identify with he character Aaron. In some way, shape or form, we have all made mistakes in our lives but showing the road of how we arrived, was a great a-ha moment. People vs. The State of Illusion really challenges the viewer to examine their life in a way that is unique and thought provoking. What makes this different from films like “The Secret”and “What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?” is that the ways of positive change and creating a better life is broken down in scientific terms, that may be easier for some to process, thus putting into action. This film is a must–see for all those seeking to change for the better.

Things to watch for: Great points, examples and facts given by the panel of experts.

Who should see this movie:
Fans of movies such as “The Secret” and “What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?”

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About Lisa Minzey

Lisa Minzey is Editor in Chief of The Reel She has written for Phoenix Film Foundation, an online contributor for and is known to write a screenplay or 12. She's worked in Hollywood in various forms, but her first love is writing. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

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