An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
Critic Consensus: This candid, powerful and informative documentary illuminates some of the myths surrounding its dual subjects: global warming and Al Gore.
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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.
The film succeeds powerfully, even though it's short on practical solutions, makes some questionable statements of fact and, given Gore's current ambiguous position in public life, requires a tighter focus on the message than on the messenger.
Frightening and timely, the smartly organized documentary is an urgent plea for responsibility and action as well as an impassioned call to heed the ominous warnings of science.
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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