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Inconvenient Truth, An
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by Peter Sobczynski

"Full of Gore and much more."
4 stars

Despite my avowed left-wing liberal credentials, I have to admit that the idea of watching a film consisting almost entirely of a lecture on the perils of global warming delivered by Al Gore is not necessarily the kind of thing that I would ordinarily leap at the chance to see and not just because we might have been able to avoid most of the missteps of the last six years if he had just managed to win his own home state during the 2000 election. That said, “An Inconvenient Truth” is a relatively fascinating, deeply disturbing and ultimately hopeful examination of a very real problem facing the world and how we can combat it with only modest changes in our daily lives.

In the film, an off-shoot of a multi-media lecture presentation that Gore has been delivering for years that utilizes scientific studies, photographic evidence and even a clip from “Futurama” (presumably his daughter got him a deal), Gore lays out the causes of global warming, the very real ways in which it is affecting our lives today–such as in increasingly strong storms such as Hurricane Katrina–and in the not-too-distant future (we learn that a U.S. Geological Survey has warned that by 2030, Glacier National Park may no longer have any actual glaciers to speak of) while calmly and effectively putting to rest the notion that global warming is just a “theory.” However, the film isn’t all gloom and doom–it also offers suggestions as to how everyone–corporations and individuals alike–can change things around before they get much worse by doing small simple things that will have immediate and lasting benefits.

Although some have speculated that the film is little more than a highly politicized infomercial designed solely to position Gore for a possible 2008 presidential run, politics don’t really come into play in the proceedings. As Gore points out, this is a global environmental issue, not a political one, and a desire to help save the planet is something that liberals and conservatives can jointly get behind. (Of course, this hasn’t stopped certain conservative media outlets to shake their fists in righteous fury over the film, evidently for no other reason than the fact that Gore is behind it.) The only time that contemporary American politics comes into play in the film is when Gore mentions that the U.S. is one of the only two countries in the world (along with Australia) that rejected the Kyoto Treaty and even then, he makes sure to list the individual states that have taken it upon themselves to support the measures ignored by the White House.

Though not perfect–I could have lived without the documentary segments chronicling Gore’s own life, though they do make the point about how his concern for the environment has been a lifelong crusade–“An Inconvenient Truth” is a film that is insightful, thought-provoking and far more entertaining than a film of this type has any right to be. Surprisingly, that is mostly due to the presence of Gore himself, who comes off throughout as a modest, humorous and utterly engaging fellow with a passion for what he believes in and a determination to share that passion with others. Walking out of the film, all I could think of is “Where was this guy back in 2000 when we could have used him?”

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User Comments

4/12/16 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
8/30/08 AnnieG Educational and depressing. 4 stars
6/11/08 PAUL SHORTT POWERFUL,INTELLIGENT, COMPELLING AND SUPRISINGLY ENTERTAINING 4 stars
10/20/07 Minecxio Antigab, your comment is irony at it's finest....next time google the acronym, 'IQ' 3 stars
10/14/07 fools♫gold Yeah, I know. Fine. I'm aware. Ok. Aren't we dead yet? Whatever, I know. 2 stars
6/18/07 Jessiika Yeah, we're fucking this world up. 5 stars
4/22/07 al hester please, I urge everyone to compare Mr. Gore's data to that of Dr. Lindzen & Dr. Singer 2 stars
3/02/07 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
1/06/07 Johnnyfog. Oh we are SO fucked. 4 stars
10/08/06 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
9/18/06 Ma-Ma-Monkey Not as Republican bashing as i thought it would be. Very informative and should be seen! 5 stars
9/13/06 FayeU Go see it. Go see it. Go see it. Wake up call for everyone about global warming. 5 stars
7/30/06 oconnorbet@AOL.com Scary! 4 stars
7/24/06 shane swank Important film that no one who needs too will watch. Too bad. 4 stars
7/18/06 jcjs well put together much needed film giving facts and impetus to get off our dead asses 4 stars
7/16/06 jcjs amazing how idiotic folks can be (Mr. Cranky) to not want to take care of the earth..so sad 5 stars
7/07/06 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
6/24/06 Suzz only go if you think the planet is worth an effort 5 stars
6/19/06 susan must be seen 5 stars
6/17/06 Jim Coming Soon: Waterfront property, everywhere. 4 stars
5/27/06 Heather Great movie, Al was able to provide facts to back up his argument 5 stars
5/26/06 Fred Some good science, too much rabid junk science, Gore blew the opportunity 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  24-May-2006 (PG)
  DVD: 21-Nov-2006

UK
  15-Sep-2006

Australia
  14-Sep-2006


Directed by
  Davis Guggenheim

Written by
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Cast
  Al Gore



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