Patrick’s efforts are highly unorthodox, if not criminal in some cases, as he and individuals involved in previous cases recall efforts in which he extracted (re: kidnapped) cult members from their groups at the behest of concerned family members. His aggressive and unconventional techniques to dissolve the ideas branded into the brains of the cult members is akin to a de-brainwashing as he scrubs out the bad influences. Donovan shows how Patrick’s efforts can either save families or tear them apart, and her study of her own brother’s experience turns the table back on the audience to ask if all organizations are evil, or if we simply need to re-evaluate to accept beliefs and practices that are as outside the mainstream as Patrick’s own techniques. Deprogrammed is a bound to have audiences talking.
Rating: ★★★ (out of ★★★★★)
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