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Overall Rating
4.1

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7 reviews, 26 user ratings



Inconvenient Truth, An
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by brianorndorf

"Al Gore loves his lappy"
4 stars

Al Gore with a laptop, delivering a 100 minutes slideshow on the state of global warming. Sound fun? Well, it is and it isn’t. Regardless of political bias, “Inconvenient Truth” still packs a wallop as it investigates pollution and personal irresponsibility. Director Davis Guggenheim makes some seriously bonehead choices by including potshots at current and previous administrations, but the overall goal of the film is an important one and shouldn’t be dismissed because Gore can’t help himself.

For decades now, former Vice President Al Gore has been crusading for Washington to take the threat of climate change seriously. The documentary “Inconvenient Truth” illustrates an Al Gore that is growing more weary and agitated that so few are listening.

A passionate environmentalist, Gore has traveled the globe to view the devastation caused by man on Mother Earth, and he’s assembled scientific data and personal knowledge into a slide show/lecture about the growing need to take pollution seriously. “Truth” is the filmed version of these lectures, with Gore, armed with his trusty silver laptop, in front of an appreciative crowd discussing the evidence he’s gathered on the subject.

With such hot potato topics at hand, director David Guggenheim (2000’s “Gossip”) has the potential to truly slam home some important information to folks who either believe or scoff at the idea of global warming. However, I was disappointed to see the director include some flaccid, uninspired political potshots, effectively killing 50% of the potential audience. With such significant ideas to convey, it’s a damn shame that the already converted will be the only ones to hear it. The harebrained 2000 presidential election is treated with a montage and some commentary, but Guggenheim positions it as a necessary catalyst to show why Gore decided to start back on the lecture circuit.

If the viewer can get past some idiotic directorial choices and thoroughly cheese ball shots of Gore looking out of various windows concerned and contemplative, there is some vital information to be shared here on the condition of the planet. Presenting a wealth of environmental charts and graphs (along with animation for the impatient), Gore paints a disturbing portrait of the earth’s health, and the ways numerous countries have ignored the warning signs that seem so easy to spot (comparison photos from the world’s glaciers and forests are frequently used). Gore suggests a thirst for greed and a newfound ignorance of science are the major factors to blame here, along with citizens who just don’t have the time to care.

Well timed to the current hysteria over gas mileage, “Truth” sheds light on ideas few films are willing to cover, unless dressed up as dreadful, inconsiderate summer blockbuster fare (“The Day After Tomorrow”). It also paints a fascinating, if completely manipulated portrait of Al Gore, who means well, even if his choice of jokes decimates his message.

“Inconvenient Truth” might not be to everyone’s tastes, but it’s trying to do something positive in a time when forward thinking always seems to be punished.

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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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