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Review: Louis Theroux’s Dark States – Heroin Town
Sport Editor Olli Meek gives us his thoughts on the Theroux documentary that visits Huntington, West Virginia as part of his 'Dark States' series
Dark States: Heroin Town, as best it can, takes a balanced approach to the portrayal of a tragic situation. Louis Theroux shows a relationship, allegedly abusive, between a user and a dealer, he interviews a heroin addict who was totally content with his life circumstances, and follows the fire chief who responds to many of the 911 calls because of a member of the Huntington community overdosing.
“Theroux instead comes across as emotionally invested in the people that he is meeting
His objective presentation of the reality before him gives exposure to the fact that the users they film are human. It puts enough emphasis on elements of government legislation and the quagmire of "big pharma" to ensure that it isn't an exercise in asserting blame for the situation that the users find themselves in. In fact, the opening salvo of the show concerns a Heroin addict who found opiates as a pain relief method after a car crash, contrary, I’m sure, to the popular perception of the path into drug addiction for many people.
“Louis Theroux again succeeds in making a documentary that is wide-ranging, insightful, and incredibly moving
Louis Theroux again succeeds in making a documentary that is wide-ranging, insightful, and incredibly moving, whilst simultaneously feeling very organic as well. His interviews and filmmaking make for compelling viewing, and whilst not a pleasant subject matter to behold, absolutely has me returning to watch the rest of the series.