An Inconvenient Truth
- Davis Guggenheim
- Reviewed by
- José Ruiloba a.k.a. Morris
- Review date
- Monday, February 26, 2007
The movie is literally a filmed conference. Gore continually travels throughout the country and faces different audiences in order to spread his message. Director Davis Guggenheim simply opts to capture one of these seminars as Gore addresses a bunch of young students. To be fair the director probably did the best he could to make of it an exciting experience, but to be honest sometimes it can get pretty boring and monotonous. As a piece of entertainment this is not the way to go, but as a relevant film it has important content to spare.
Actually, some of the information we are shown is so alarming that I am amazed we don’t do more about it. And that includes me. We’re lazy, and some people are so money-hungry that they don’t care about the damage they’re doing. Gore talks about how the destructive cycle has reached a horrible speed during the last 20 years compared to all existence, and it is devastating. Diagram after diagram is one shocking piece of info after another. And to think that it could be prevented…
It does help that Al Gore is one eloquent narrator. He knows what he’s talking about and he’s persuasive. The man looks good and puts the message across without rambling. As a leading man, he’s got it, and spending time with him is ironically comforting.
If I have one crucial quibble is that the documentary is all about raising awareness. Facts are presented, future scenarios are created, but all the time I was thinking about what we could do to stop this. Then the flick ended and I was in shock that we didn’t get any advises or rules. But as I stayed in my seat I noticed that some captions appeared on-screen during the credits, once half the theater had already stood up or left. Talk about ineffective propaganda. This stuff should’ve come before as a closing statement or something. I really wanted to know what could be done.
Still, it is a good achievement, an important one. And it should definitely be seen by as many people as possible.
“Should we prepare for other issues besides terrorists?”
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