I was hoping that Daniel J. Clark’s documentary Behind the Curve was a reference to baseball. Instead, it’s a deep dive into the Flat Earth Theory and those that believe said theory. After the avalanche of criticism that came from Film Threat critic Bradley Gibson’s review of American Circumcision, I’m going to take a more diplomatic approach to the crazy idea of a flat earth.
Full disclosure, Film Threat does not have a reviewer that subscribes to the Flat Earth Theory. Since I am the only reviewer, who believes in the “Guy in the Sky,” Behind the Curve was given to me. Let me first start by saying, Behind the Curve is the perfect introduction to one of the craziest world-wide phenomenon today, and if you’re not paying attention, you might fall into its trap. That said, this documentary is by no means an evangelist piece, but a doc of objectivity.
With thousands of members and a few leaders, director Clark focuses on two people. The first is Mark Sargent, founder of the Flat Earth International Conference (FEIC). He became famous as a YouTuber with videos titled “Flat Earth Clues,” and now he has a worldwide following. The other is Patricia Steere, host of another YouTube show called Flat Earth & Other Hot Potatoes where she discusses the latest in Flat Earth news and conversation.
Behind the Curve presents Sargent and Steere as sane, rational people and along with seemingly sane, rational people outline the theory of why the earth is flat and how does the sun, moon, stars, and government cover-ups make it all work. You will understand the argument by the end, on occasion though their theories are challenged/debunked by more mainstream scientists.