Percy (2019)

Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken, Adam Beach, Roberta Maxwell,
Percy is a movie starring Christopher Walken, Roberta Maxwell, and Pathy Aiyar. A Canadian farmer takes on a giant corporation after their GMOs interfere with his crops.
  • 6.3 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
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  • 2018-09-13 Added:
  • Garfield Lindsay Miller, Hilary Pryor, Writer:
  • Clark Johnson, Director:
  • Daniel Bekerman, Ian Dimerman, Brendon Sawatzky, Producer:


7 / 10


When steely-eyed, shock-cropped Christopher Walken pumps his shotgun at the menacing bad guys, you know he means business. And that business, is a long, drawn out legal battle debating the legality of farming certain seeds. You may now sit back down.

In typical Canadian prairie fashion, "Percy" is more about wide landscapes, small community life, and a farmer's dedicated connection to the land, than inflammatory court room drama. Based on the true story of Saskatchewan Percy Schmeiser who wound up with Monsanto seed seeding itself on his land and then having the conglomerate giant bullying him into ruinous payment. Unyielding and stoic to a bankrupting fault, and against all sensible advice, Percy takes the case all the way to the Supreme Court.

As a juicy David vs Goliath fable, "Percy" moves at a snail's pace, generating it's lure through the perseverance and dogged determination of a man not necessarily pushing back, but standing defiantly in the way. As usual Walken is quite good, even in a calm, reserved role, one that doesn't require any shouting, gun play, or dancing. Who woulda thunk it?

A nice historic piece, "Percy" is not for everyone. But those happy to settle for an old school story that presents a cloudy subject in clear black and white, peppered with classic Canuck manners and pacing, will not be sorry.

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6 / 10

An important story with a simplistic focus

Clark Johnson's 'Percy' offers a significantly simplified from the real story of the struggle of an independent Canadian farmer with corporate bullies and the legal system. Its telling is pretty straight-forward, but it's well-produced and well-told - and that's in large part to the high-quality performances of its cast.

7 / 10

A movie that can influence people wrongly on Genetically Modified Crops

Percy is seen as an anti-Monsanto movie and it should be noted that it can be also seen as a movie that can let viewers form their own opinions about the role of corporates, intellectual property and the also the farmer's rights. The movie has, to an extant some anti GMO rhetoric and this may lead people to be influenced and swayed by the orotundity in the narrative portraying the whole thing as some David and Goliath fight, as it is a small farmer taking on a big international corporate. There is clearly an effort by the director to connect to the common man - the farmer here - at the same time, also to make a broader appeal which in itself is not wrong, only thing is that, some of the facts in the movie is not so correct and a lot of things remains to be explained when we go deep into the case.Some of the important points to note about the law suit according to the court is that - The farmer did not at all explain why he sprayed Roundup to isolate the Roundup Ready plants he found on his land; why he then harvested the plants and segregated the seeds, saved them and kept them for seed; why he next planted them; and why through this husbandry, he ended up with 1,030 acres of Roundup Ready canola.Here are some of my points on the whole issue of the lawsuit with Monsanto - The fact that the farmer can save his/her seeds for the next generation is a right and it is a contentious right at that and there is no dearth of debate on it. GMOs as such is good for the future food safety of the world and they are released for larger cultivation only after all the regulations and such things having been taken care of meticulously by researchers and by the governments to ensure its safety biologically, note that here the socioeconomic aspects of GMO cultivation is a different thing altogether which is a lot more complex as against the biological aspects.The incorporation of terminator technology to make the seeds infertile in the next generation was a method that was intended to be practiced by giant companies to prevent the farmer from using saved seeds. This was one way the Giant corporates could easily prevent the use of seeds saved by the farmer, as the seeds saved would be of no use to him/her is the terminator technology is implemented. This actually is wrong and should not be implemented and was not implemented. Here is some information on that technology which is known as Genetic Use Restriction Technology (GURT), also known as terminator technology. This, if implemented would force farmers, particularly in the developing world to buy seeds from one season to the next. This is effective in grain crops where the progeny of the improved variety, Hybrid or the Genetically modified crops may retain some of genetic makeup of the parent crop - note that the progeny may retain some of the adaptive traits that it was bred for, this may be true in GM crops, not so in hybrids. Also note that most hybrids do not retain the advantageous traits of high yield or pest and disease resistance in the next generation - the yield advantage will slowly keep decreasing as the generation progresses as there will be no genetic uniformity. This technology was opposed and all the Major seed corporation and MNCs have agreed not to use this technology and this has not been commercialized.The movie may not have historical accuracy and some of the facts may have been changed to cash in on the general perception of people who like to view big giant corporations as the farmer's enemy. The movie in my view is not going to change the public perception of GMO which largely is negative, mainly due to media information exactly like the one in this movie. Having said all this - there is one important point - the production of Transgenic plants that will encourage the use of chemicals as the case here in the movie where the farmer uses GMOs which are resistant to herbicide encourages the use of herbicides which in itself is not good. Monsanto produces the Transgenic Canola and also the manufactures the herbicide which can be used on it. Take this case in Soyabean - Herbicide tolerance is not a desirable trait in GM crops, any trait that promotes chemical use is not good. Here is an example - Monsanto releases Glyphosate resistant GM soyabean, Glyphosate use increases and in due course super weeds come up that are resistant to Glyphosate. Now Monsanto releases GM soyabean resistant to two herbicides - both Glyphosate and Dicamba, there is a drift problem in Dicamba and there are restrictions in its use, as it may drift and go to the nearby field and affect the crop that is not resistant, farmers in about 10 states in America are using Dicamba illegally to realize high yield in soyabean. A case has been won against Monsanto on this issue of Dicamba drift. On January 27, 2020, the first ever lawsuit concerning Dicamba-related products began in Missouri. The lawsuit filed in November 2016, involves a peach farmer who alleged that Dicamba based herbicides caused significant damage to his crops and trees. On February 14, 2020, the jury involved in the lawsuit ruled against Monsanto acquisitor Bayer and its co-defendant BASF and found in favor of the peach grower, Bader Farms owner Bill Bader - Source Wiki.The chance that super weeds that are resistant to both Glyphosate and Dicamba can come up due this is also an issue. The lesson from this is, GM crops which encourage chemical use is not good in the long run. Herbicide tolerance has been the dominant trait among transgenic crops till now, it has occupied 45 percent of the global biotech/GM crop area. Herbicide tolerance trait in soybeans, canola, maize, alfalfa, and cotton has been most cultivated. These Transgenics are tolerant to glyphosate, glufosinate, and dicamba. Herbicide tolerance deployed in soybean, maize, canola, cotton, sugar beet, and alfalfa occupied 88.7 million hectares or 47 percent of the 189.8 million hectares of biotech crops planted globally. There are three points here which should be understood - GM crops that are tolerant to herbicides is not a good idea as it increases the use of the chemicals. GM crops that are resistant to insects and diseases are needed, as it reduces the use of chemicals. There is a catch here, as the status of resistance to insects and pests by these GM crops can change, as insects can evolve new mechanisms by which they can overcome this resistance in GM crops. This is not the case in GM crops that are tolerant to abiotic stress like - drought, salinity - which have no biotic component - so GM crops with abiotic stress tolerance it is much safer.The take away from the movie is that, to an extant the laws have to be formulated so that farmer is benefited and at the same time we should understand that big corporates are motivated by profit and they invest a lot of time and money in GM technology and it is only natural that they look for gain. The other important point, like I have explained is that, not all GM is the same, most are good and some that encourage the use of chemicals is not good.

1 / 10

Plainly Dumb. Science Anyone?

Right off the bat you know there is something wrong. GMO's are proven to be safe. Not only that, GMO food can be used to feed the impoverished world and stop starvation.

So all these jerky granola chomping science-less dopers who believe in global warming and say it's science but don't believe in this science just proves how the left picks and choose it's hypocritical winners.

Just dismal propaganda AGAIN from the left.

10 / 10

Monsanto bad

You can spot the Monsanto devils in the comments.. this movie is a gem. Monsanto is the devil and so are anyone who supports them, and you can't steal seeds you grew... This movie is an 11/10.