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Inconvenient Truth, An
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by Jason Whyte

"A great docu, and one of the best about our planet since The Corporation."
5 stars

One of my fondest school memories was in Grade 5 where I decided to make my science class project about the amount of tetra-pack juice boxes (you know, those little 8-ounce ones with a plastic straw attached) that are used over the course of one week among the 250 or so students that attended the school from grades 3 to 5. It was a difficult effort (I still recall, even after having the support of the principal who kindly informed every student in each class to save their boxes) but by the end of the week I had filled three supermarket baskets full of the damn boxes on display at the start of the school hall. Ugly, and sticky for sure, but it showed the amount of waste a bunch of kids made over the course of one week.

I did well on that assignment (and it got so much attention that there were more student lunches packed with refillable containers rather than the boxes from then on), and from that moment forward I was concerned about the effects that mankind has on the environment. Greenpeace was getting geared up around that time I recall, and the recycling revolution was just getting underway. Get your cans into boxes instead of the trash can. Change diapers with cloth instead of plastic. Don’t litter. Use cold water when laundering. Take short showers. Don’t use anything disposable if something reusable could be used instead. And so forth.

From that childhood memory I have been a keen observer on the environmental status of our planet, and that is why the great new documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” spoke to me so deeply. This is a docu that is part filmed live performance of former Senator, former Vice President Al Gore’s many famous slide show presentations that he has done over the years, as well as a parallel to how Mr. Gore got to this point in his life where he has devoted his life into making change for the better.

Mr. Gore has devised an elaborate, digital slide presentation of where our ecosystem has come from hundreds, even thousands of years ago to today. It may come as no surprise to some that because of the population explosion and the current battle with Big Oil in the Middle East among other things, that we are causing global warming. What Mr. Gore does is show from various worldwide sources the cause of population, consumption, pollution and other sources of impact that mankind has made to effect our planet. Some causes are natural but due to the overwhelming population explosion as well as the use of non-renewable fossil fuel burning and other forms of pollutants causing global warming and huge carbon dioxide levels over the past century, the planet is in trouble. Those ice caps won’t stay frozen forever…

Al Gore is so well-spoken, so clear in his approach that we quickly become wrapped up in his presentation. What is he NOT doing is preaching or getting you to buy something (although the film, as well as myself, want you to visit the website to keep informed). Rather, Mr. Gore is a smart, deeply educated individual that provides a wealth of researched facts about our planet and is not inferred by politics or money making. What he is bringing to the table is, as he says in the film several times, a moral issue rather than a political issue. And it is so correct, that our planet is near an irreversible chasm that we may not get out of in ten years. This is reality, it is really happening, and we must be responsible enough to act on it.

Director Davis Guggenheim keeps the whole movie at a positive, informative level, using careful cinematography and staging to keep the pace tight but not overwhelming; the short interludes to Mr. Gore’s personal life are not only powerful in that we get a peek at his personal struggles, but it is also a welcome relief from the amazing amount of information we digest as we watch his presentation. The film wisely sidesteps taking clear pot shots at George W. Bush (hey, we have The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for that!) but I’m sure one can easily see the subtle jabs at Dubya present in the film.

We have had so many documentaries over the past few years involving politics, global terrorism and corporate rule that have been powerful if a big mundane and ordinary, and it is a treat to see a unique film about a major political power wanting change. This is not a perfect documentary by any means (there is one interlude during the presentation that calls to Gore losing the 2000 election that was better covered in “Fahrenheit 9/11”), but I think the film’s message about the public standing up and not taking any of this Big Oil, political-runaround bullshit anymore is a very strong and important one, and the film works both as a wake up call and about a good man who uses his power to do the right thing.

No matter how you feel about Al Gore, when it comes to what he says about the eco system, the man is my hero and everything he says in the film is just So. Damn. Right. I will never forgive Fox news for making George W. Bush president six years ago, as Gore, based on this film, could have helped drive America and helped the world face a more powerful terror than terrorists. And remember to stay away from that drink box.

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4/13/16 Dane Youssef So important. Defines the terms KEYNOTE, MULTI-MEDIA and POWER-POINT. Do not miss. 5 stars
1/17/10 Dane Youssef A crutial one to see. Gore should have had the oval office. Power point never so vital. 5 stars
8/31/08 AnnieG Educational and depressing. 4 stars
10/21/07 Minecxio Antigab, your comment is irony at it's time google the acronym, 'IQ' 3 stars
10/15/07 fools♫gold Yeah, I know. Fine. I'm aware. Ok. Aren't we dead yet? Whatever, I know. 2 stars
6/19/07 Jessiika Yeah, we're fucking this world up. 5 stars
4/23/07 al hester please, I urge everyone to compare Mr. Gore's data to that of Dr. Lindzen & Dr. Singer 2 stars
3/03/07 David Pollastrini Liberal Trash 1 stars
3/01/07 Anti-Gab Presenting to the masses what most IQ's have known for decades 4 stars
1/07/07 Johnnyfog. Oh we are SO fucked. 4 stars
10/09/06 Laura Bush This movie was so good, I want to have Al Gore's baby 5 stars
9/27/06 Raj Scary film! It was shocking to see the ice breaking and falling into the sea. 5 stars
9/19/06 Ma-Ma-Monkey Not as Republican bashing as i thought it would be. Very informative and should be seen! 5 stars
9/14/06 FayeU Go see it. Go see it. Go see it. Wake up call for everyone about global warming. 5 stars
7/31/06 Scary! 4 stars
7/24/06 shane swank Important film that no one who needs too will watch. Too bad. 4 stars
7/19/06 jcjs well put together much needed film giving facts and impetus to get off our dead asses 4 stars
7/17/06 jcjs amazing how idiotic folks can be (Mr. Cranky) to not want to take care of the sad 5 stars
7/08/06 Bert Kaplan This movie needs to be seen by every conscious human being. 5 stars
7/05/06 ajay boring at times, but most of it was pretty interesting. 4 stars
6/25/06 Suzz only go if you think the planet is worth an effort 5 stars
6/19/06 susan must be seen 5 stars
6/18/06 Jim Coming Soon: Waterfront property, everywhere. 4 stars
5/28/06 Heather Great movie, Al was able to provide facts to back up his argument 5 stars
5/27/06 Fred Some good science, too much rabid junk science, Gore blew the opportunity 1 stars
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  24-May-2006 (PG)
  DVD: 21-Nov-2006



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