The movie entitled Erin Brokovich depicts a lesson that teaches us on true leadership, persistency against odds; motivating people, purpose, passion, corruption and how to deal with people to respond. This film is based on a true story on the real scenario of events about a woman who have been down on her luck, a single mother of three children, divorce twice and fallen near into the brink of poverty. But instead of hitting rock bottom, she manages to get up on her feet and fanatically demanded a job at a law firm of Ed Masry who she feels indebted to her after failing her car accident case where she will not take no for an answer. Her fiery and stubborn personality wins her a place as an office clerk on the law firm and while working she uncovers a strange file of real estate documents which include medical records. Curious as to why a real estate file would contain medical documents, she begins to research the case further with having to persuade her boss on the case. And with the turn of events that happens from being a small case turns into the largest monumental gigantic case of settlements in a lifetime.
The story goes on depicting the darkest aspect of the business world with PG&E as its center of attention on the dispute. The behaviors of PG&E exhibit issues that are unethical that is being practice in the business world thus damaging the image it instills in the portrayal in the actual light of reality. PG&E is a powerful billion dollar company; they are the giants in the industry that will trample on anyone who dares to cross with them, having money and powers are the evils of being shown. So from the start PG&E already deceive the community of Hinckley, California into giving false information and mislead them by their dishonesty. PG&E manipulates the people into thinking the chromium they use are safe and do not have anything to do with them, thus deceiving people just by means of making lots of money for themselves with no regards to the people who they have towards no conscience whatsoever on those who are involved will suffer painful consequences by their carelessness and selfish actions.
And in the middle of the process where many people from the community are starting to complaint these health like the Jensen’s because of health issues concerning through illness, miscarriages, cancer and try to even the have nerve to cover it up with other excuses like poor dieting or genetics cause these diseases when the actual fact is that PG&E is clearly responsible but instead they insist saying it was the people’s own fault that they get sick in the first place and do not involve them. They were denying allegations against them even when they are clearly at fault. They even tried to bribe these people with money and pay for a doctor to examine them that tells these victims the chromium is not the reason for their health problems, an underhanded tactic indeed. I think that doctor was bribe as well.
They even tried to bribe personnel within the law firm of Ed Masry to hide documents of data that can be used against them which was fortunate that Erin manages to find out in time and confront him stating on how he even sleeps at knowing others will suffer or worst die in the process. They cause these people to suffer and destroyed their livelihoods and health state severely as well as no regards also on polluting the environment especially the waters thus destroying it by their actions. The chromium they are using says are safe that claiming they do not used hexavalent chromium anymore which is clearly not the case otherwise. The deaths and illness of the people agonize through the leakage of poisons into the water supply. And they will continue on with this lie until a case is file against by Erin Brockovich and Ed Masry. They even tried to use the tactic of threatening Erin on a phone call to warn her and even her children that she must stop her snooping.
The movie unfolds the story of the main female protagonist shows compassion in the mist the controversy and isn’t afraid to stand up to what is right in the face of a giant adversary that is PG&E who no one wants to dare to mess with. Erin Brockovich, who together with Ed Masry uncovered a major cover up of a health hazard resulting in one of the largest settlements. If they say that leaders must have the perseverance and a lot of good common sense then Erin Brokovich is the living embodiment of that.
This woman, who has been an underdog in life, unjustly underestimated all her life by people around her, having no formal education of a college degree and lack of legal experience manages to bring a corporate giant down on its knees and landed a monumental settlement. She was no legal training but a formidable instinct. This heroine display a resilient and tenacious determination of extending her help to others with no personal agenda of her own but for the sake of humanity and to feel compassion guided her to the truth which at the end really did happen. She is a true fighter.
Courtney from Study Moose
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