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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dark docudrama about drugs, suicide, and a CIA cover-up.

TV Netflix Drama 2017
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Great acting- nudity needs to be labeled.

It DOES have nudity in it when showing a scene of magazine clippings. Besides that part it was pretty well done!

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Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This collage-like, dark series blends interviews, media footage, and actor reenactments (of possibly imagined events) to create a unique but troubling documentary. The story jumps back and forth between 1953 and 1975 to reveal what happened to Frank Olson and his family while highlighting the U.S. government's late response to his death. Contemporary conversations with Eric Olson and his lawyer, most of which reveal how they have gone about trying to get answers, help put these moments in context.

The fictional dramatizations of Frank Olson's ordeal, including his alleged paranoid reactions to the drugs he was given, and the CIA's efforts to manipulate him as he struggled, are filled with sinister moments. The less theatrical reveals of the CIA's covert Cold War tactics, including illicit drug testing and espionage, are equally disturbing. Wormwood is an interesting watch, but one that raises a lot more questions than answers, and it's as entertaining as it is informative.

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