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Zoom (2006)
3 years ago via Flixster

when your stuck in a daycare room for 5 hours, any movie they throw at you seems good

An Inconvenient Truth
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"I don't really consider this a political issue, I consider is to be a moral issue" said Al Gore when addressing the importance of global warming. Gore, who ran for presidency in 1988 has been viewed by some as man that is mainly concerned with politics, when in reality he strives to bring awareness about the reality of global warming. It looks as if American citizens will not listen to the signs and research behind Planet Earth's depressing fate until they can see the damage from pollution firsthand. Its about time people began to listen and if people are not on the "reduce, reuse, recycle" bandwagon by the end of this documentary, there is clearly no hope left for humanity.
Environmental activist Al Gore stars in this documentary that reflects how his caring nature and adolescence influences created a man with a passion to voice the issues occurring in our environment. The film switches around events occurring all throughout Al Gore's life but ultimately stays within 2005, when Gore is seen to be giving presentations about global warming around the world. When he is not giving presentations, the film follows his life in hotels and cars while examining his methods of thought and lecture preparation on the worldwide issue.
This eye-opening documentary follows Al Gore's concerns about the Earth and his passion for spreading the "inconvenient truth" to the rest of the world. Surprised by the lack of concern shown for such a vital and complex issue, Gore uses this film to express eye-opening statistics about global warming's effect on our planet. He brings awareness to viewers by exploring the myths and beliefs that challenge the validity of global warming, showing footage and evidence that should defy any skeptic's opinion. Through a mix of presentations and anecdotes, Gore's news is surprising, saddening, and urgent making this documentary a must-see.
An Inconvenient Truth won an Academy Award for "Best Documentary" in 2007 as well as brought the topic of global warming to the surface of issues in American society. Al Gore stars, making the documentary a one man show. The film does a great job of incorporating enough background people and beautiful scenery to keep an interesting and compelling story throughout Gore's lectures. Al Gore's straightforward explanations of people's ideas about the topic of global warming, whether conflicting or opposing, made it easy to stay involved and concerned with the topic. The documentary does its job emotionally, and will make the viewer tear up through powerful images and statistics. Statistics and data are the second main character throughout the film, providing Gore with necessary information that makes his claims much more powerful. Data is seen as Gore's number one sidekick creating a mighty force to watch.
Something that really stands out throughout the film is the little wise-cracks and spontaneous sense of humor that Al Gore seems to express even in times of serious, and depressing matter. Within the first five minutes of the film he is joking about his loss in the Presidential election, and comes off as a very charismatic man. While explaining how global warming works Gore uses a cartoon explanation that is both funny and informative, allowing a fun style of throwing out facts to viewers rather than a boring and long lecture. This is something that the documentary does very well with because it does not present information in a monotone voice that is typical of many mediocre documentaries. Instead Gore adds his witty remarks and more child-like humor, helping appeal to all ages in the audience.
The presentation setting and recording of a real life audience did make up for the lack of diverse characters, but also seemed somewhat lecturing, like one you would get from a professor in college. Gore's statistics and research about global warming were presented in slides, graphs, and animations that were well made and allowed easy comprehension of the information he shared verbally. Like I mentioned earlier, data plays a large role in the film. I really appreciated the way that Gore would ask the viewers questions allowing some time for thought and even suspense, but would answer the question alongside a scene change. This scene change allowed the viewer to stay interested and subconsciously have the ability to link the answer to the question to a new image.
Another thing that worked great in this documentary was the incredible photography and footage taken of places all around the world that show firsthand the many problems and changes that come with global warming. It is not easy to just hear statistics and look at graphs and expect people to take something from a film. An Inconvenient Truth stays fascinating by showing viewers the actual problems that come with global warming through real life footage. An example of this is seen when Gore talks about how global warming is only getting worse as time goes on and humans continue to pollute at higher levels. The film shows photos taken at glaciers all over the world only about fifty years prior when there was much more ice, and then right after shows photos taken in the 2000's where you can see firsthand that there is barely any ice left. These images as well as the scenery and footage of places such as Antarctica help the viewer to feel shocked and compelled to take the issue of global warming seriously. This emotional appeal that comes with the images does its job to actually raise concern and keep the viewers from questioning Al Gore's stance or argument on the importance of the issue.
A high point of this film is when Gore reflects on his life and questions how he wants to spend his time on Earth. This question leads to him explaining how he became an environmental activist and his life awakening that told him to help start the change that the Earth needs. He explains he went to Antarctica and frozen parts of the world and even says, "I went to places where scientists could help me understand ... that what we take for granted might not be here for our children" (27:00). This is an important point in the film because it touches viewers and shows how all it takes is a man realizing he needs to help make a difference.
My critiques of the film are few yet still important to acknowledge. As I previously mentioned, I found that Al Gore did a good job at connecting with his audience through humor and style of a clear question-and-answer method. What I also found is that instead of allowing the audience to learn more about how to get involved and start making a difference on the amounts of pollution emitted, he spent much of the documentary speaking about his personal life. There were multiple times where he would go through anecdotes about his childhood, adolescence, Presidential campaign, and family issues. Although some anecdotes are necessary so that the viewers can understand who Al Gore is and why it is important to listen to him, the viewer could find that the amount of personal life thrown in between facts and environmental concerns got a little irrelevant and out of context. He sometimes would either boast too much about himself as a person or go into a tangent that could have been reduced to a couple minutes less. The reason this matters is because the film is definitely a little too long and does not allow any time to explain methods of how to reduce our impact on global warming. The suggestions are given in the credits which hopefully most will sit through and use, but could have been incorporated into the film in a more interesting way if the anecdotes had been a couple minutes shorter.
In conclusion I believe that this film is worth the hype and that is does its job to scratch the surface of global warming and what that means for the future of Planet Earth and all its inhabitants. he film does a great job of bringing the viewer out of their everyday personal concerns and reminding them that those concerns are small scale in comparison to the large scale issue of the future of our home, planet Earth. If you value your own future well-being, the life of future generations, or even your favorite shady tree where you take your afternoon naps, this film is a must-see. Going green is the new fad so embrace it and do your part, first step being to watch this incredible documentary.