Review: Thrive Documentary

The documentary Thrive is a film that promotes a utopia of sorts–a world in which we could all live peacefully and in perfect balance. It has high hopes and spouts ideas that I am sure many people would be on board with. An underlying theme of this film is the toroidal energy principle and how just about all things can be traced back to this energy pattern. Thrive strives to point out the schemes of the elite and how almost everything has to do with total world domination. Heavily influenced by Ludwig von Mises and the Principle of Nonviolation, the solution proposed in Thrive is a three-stage one. It encourages us to rid ourselves of taxation, traditional democracy or anything of the like that could potentially lead to the new world order.  

About the Author

Foster Gamble, the writer and director of the Thrive documentary, is the President and Co-Founder of Clear Compass Media. He is said to have glimpsed what he perceived to be the Universe’s fundamental energy pattern at age 14. From this event, he spent the next 35 years trying to figure out the details and the implications of said visions. This led him down both a scientific journey and an ethereal journey to explore human potential. His documentary is a representation of both of those paths converging (1). Foster Gamble is direct descendent of the Proctor & Gamble lineage. Gamble is well versed in Aikido, non-violent martial arts, in which he has earned his third-degree black belt and has taught the art for over fifteen years. He and his wife, Kimberly Carter Gamble, currently reside in Santa Cruz, California.

Key Takeaways

While this film does give a feeling of inspiration, I found a few issues with it. First of all, I found the green screen elements of the film to be very distracting. It felt very 1990’s to me, and I honestly believe that it did not need all of the smoke and mirrors elements that it portrayed. Second, the content of Thrive lends more to “conspiracy theory” than it does to fact. I do not doubt that the schemes of the elite are vast, and I have my own set of speculations on their involvement with the world’s ill-natured shortcomings. However, conspiracy theory is not a fact unless one has the facts to prove it. I think it’s ok to talk about alternative media topics, and I think it’s ok to brainstorm on said topics. I also believe that it should be done under the context of “theorizing” when we cannot prove it. Third, the film portrays a heavy doom and gloom motif until about the last fifteen minutes of the film. I understand the use of trial and tribulation to drive concepts home, however an hour and forty-five minutes of that is a lot to bear. When we are greeted with a picture of hope, it is a picture that I do not think we will ever see in our lifetime. Most want utopia, however most do not want to take the steps in order to achieve utopia. Fourth, the Thrive film received quite a bit of criticism for “lacking in fact”, to the point where ten of the interviewees that appear in the film signed a statement formally disassociating themselves with the film! They stated that they were led to believe that the film would be one thing when really it ended up being another and, none of them had control over the content prior to its public release (2). That spells disaster to me. If there were not some serious plot holes in the film, then why would TEN of its interviewees sign a GTFO clause? Fifth, blaming everything on the elite is a cheap “out” in my opinion. While the elite are full of schemes and corruptness, I won’t be blaming my personal woes on them. I have a responsibility to this earth just as much as the next person. I can fight the elite by not going and buying Monsanto’s Roundup when I go to plant my garden–that is how I can contribute. While the corrupt people of this world should be held to the fire, so should I with my decisions. I am not about to throw off my personal responsibility on someone else. Overall, I believe that this film set out with good intentions, however those good intentions were thwarted by lack of fact.

To recommend, or to not recommend…that is the question!

Both–hear me out! I recommend this film for the fact that it has a lot of passion and hope for our future should certain (unlikely) elements occur. It does have some beautiful imagery and a nice soundtrack, however I do warn you that there are some staunch 1990s vibes happening in the film. I do not recommend this film for the pursuit of fact. I encourage you to view that this film has a historical fiction–where it is rooted in some elements that come from history but that creative liberty was also taken. I will always encourage you to take EVERYTHING with a grain of salt. It’s your responsibility to fact check. It’s your responsibility to gain an understanding of what you believe. It’s your responsibility to not drink the Koolaid or rely on being spoon fed. As Neil deGrasse Tyson has stated, there are three truths: personal truth, objective truth, and political truth. It’s our job as functioning, intelligent humans to distinguish the differences.  


I strongly encourage you to read John Robbins article on the film here. He was one of the ten to disassociate himself with the film. I believe that he does a really good job of explaining his viewpoints where he and Gamble agree, where he and Gamble differ, and why he was disappointed in the film and chose to disassociate himself from the project.

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