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Inconvenient Truth, An
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by William Goss

"The Blathering Storm"
4 stars

'An Inconvenient Truth' is a 100-minute global warming lecture, delivered by Al Gore. Hey, the world is ending. Where are you going? Come back here!

Yes, the proposition of such a multimedia-driven sermon by a former Vice President is as taxing at times as it sounds, and to be perfectly honest, my teacher literally covered most of the same material not a day earlier, proving once and for all that he’s at the very least more consistently fascinating than Señor Gore. Such subject matter immediately restricts its widespread appeal, especially with the incredibly bombastic nature of its advertising campaign struggling to convince moviegoers that this summertime fare is any more worthy of their time and money. (Don’t believe me? Open your wallet, and re-read that very first sentence. That’s what I thought.) However, it turns out the man can manage to be quite captivating with his substantial research and polished presentation, even if he falls just short of truly compelling due to his good pal, Hubris. I never thought I would say this of any film, but here is a movie that might actually benefit by featuring less Gore.

Armed with a wealth of organized data, good ol' Al proceeds to show how the consequences of pollution and other factors continue to escalate our climatic crisis, from stronger storms to growing oceans and so on, all illustrated via impressive graphs, charts, maps, photos, archives, and a very amusing Futurama clip. In the face of such sobering information and apparent futility, Gore wisely reinforces his reasoning with encouraging efforts to show how urgent change is needed and how easily a difference could be made. Television veteran Davis Guggenheim directs the proceedings rather straightforwardly, especially keeping the opening scenes and first half somewhat well-paced, although interest inevitably wanes beyond the hour mark. Something like The Day After Tomorrow may be more entertaining, but Truth proves to be momentarily more exciting than an eco-conscious documentary should ever theoretically be, a feat for which Gore and Guggenheim can share credit.

For the most part, Al seems sincere and even sporadically sarcastic (“I used to be the next President of the United States...”), propelling his presentation with a newfound charisma of sorts, but just as he begins to build a credible argument, he interjects his own honorable message movie with portions of propaganda, skeptically tracing his fascination with the subject matter to a near-fatal accident involving his son and sidetracking into equally feeble anecdotes, news montages from a certain election year, and vain imagery of our hero pondering in silhouette while gazing outside or answering a phone while staring at a screen. These gratuitous interludes stumble otherwise striking illumination, with Gore trying to recover by regularly reminding viewers that this should be a moral concern more than a political one, even if he occasionally forgets to treat it as such.

The message is undeniably admirable and ultimately sobering, the presentation polished but not entirely effective. A lecture, no matter how noble, is still quite a task to ingest voluntarily, and the speaker interrupting himself certainly doesn’t help matters; therefore, think of it as a B for effort. Now take your merit badge, Mr. Gore, and run along to higher ground before the rest of us come to our senses.

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User Comments

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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