An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
Critic Consensus: While global warming is a hotly-debated subject, what everyone on both sides can agree upon is that, if real, it's a very bad thing. Since losing the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush, former Vice President Al Gore has busied himself by being an outspoken figure against this potential environmental disaster. As much about the man as about greenhouse gases, this candid, powerful and informative documentary illuminates some of the myths surrounding both of its subjects equally well.
Humanity is sitting on a time bomb. If the vast majority of the world's scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet's climate system into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced- a catastrophe of our own making. If that sounds like a recipe for serious gloom and doom -- think again. From director Davis Guggenheim comes the Sundance Film Festival hit, "An Inconvenient Truth," which offers a passionate and inspirational look at one man's commitment to expose the myths and misconceptions that surround global warming and inspire actions to prevent it. That man is former Vice President Al Gore, who, in the wake of defeat in the 2000 election, re-set the course of his life to focus on an all-out effort to help save the planet from irrevocable change. In this eye-opening and poignant portrait of Gore and his 'traveling global warming show,' Gore is funny, engaging, open and downright on fire about getting the surprisingly stirring truth about what he calls our 'planetary emergency' out to ordinary citizens before it's too late. … More
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Critic Reviews for An Inconvenient Truth
It grabs you like a thriller with an ending that will haunt your dreams.
Just because truths are inconvenient is no reason to suppose they are not real.
It is utterly convincing, it's emotionally powerful and it makes Gore look more charming than he ever did as a presidential candidate.
A Tantalus glimpse of what America might have been with a president who cared about the planet, its people and its peace.
Netflix puts this Oscar winning documentary out again for those who spent the past seven years listening to paid-off-deniers and assorted other Fox News liars.
Those attacking Al Gore as a misinformed prophet or political crybaby likely never watched the film. Holding court with genial wit and warmth, Gore emphasizes his slide content's morals and ethics over its politics and ends on practicality, not panic.
Audience Reviews for An Inconvenient Truth
An Inconvenient Truth is a documentary built around Al Gore's turn on the lecture circuit concentrating on the causes and consequences of Global Warming. Because of this, it can feel a little like "The Al Gore Show" and it probably would've helped its credibility if he had included interviews with the actual scientists responsible for the data and its interpretation, but Gore's broad stroke approach makes for an interesting presentation that never gets too technical and as such is always easy to understand for the lay man. Of course anyone who does not wish to agree with the conclusions will decry it as propaganda but anyone who dismisses the obvious scientific consensus clearly either has an agenda of their own (namely the already obscenely wealthy afraid it will threaten their profit margins) or are just burying their head in the sand (namely people who do not wish to pay a few extra pennies of tax although when the cost of living increases exponentially thanks to failed crops and sky rocketing fuel prices, they sure will be kicking themselves...) There's little here that I didn't already know but that fact is actually quite astonishing as it proves that the information here has been readily available for decades, yet the capitalist elite and their political cronies are STILL dragging their feet when it comes to doing anything about it, even now! But the lasting impression the film made on me was the knowledge that an intelligent and eloquent man who was the true President Elect was cheated out of office by a man who was always going to be part of the problem and not part of the solution, which is yet another example of an appalling waste.
Altho the environment's the draw here, or Al Gore talking about it, what I found interesting is what had to happen in the privileged man's life to get him to the point of talking about it, which he reveals in segments between warning about our indulgences. Like the guy at a party warning that things might be getting out of hand he knows that no one wants to hear him, or will in fact actually listen, and that subtext adds layers to the slideshow presentation.
Whilst I can't deny the facts presented in the film, there's aways the question of what 'facts' are you embellishing or simply not showing at all. I do believe Al Gore's words, and it's really presented in a modern, interesting and thought-provoking way that you can't help but believe him. Really makes me want to do the best I can for the planet though, which I believe, is the ultimate goal of the film.
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