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December 15, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth - 5

Pretty simple really. This film is about Al Gore over the course of a year when he travelled the world giving a presentation on global warming. Most of the film is the actual presentation, with some smaller (very small) parts that reflect on Gore's life and family. As documentaries go, it isn't bad, but I think it focuses too much on the presentation at the expense of actually documenting Al Gore, or doing justice to the facts and insights about global warming. It should have choose to either be a film about global warming, or about Al Gore. It seemed like a bit of a stretch to do both. The nice thing about the film is that if flows nicely from scene to scene, maintaining a relatively coherent narrative. The audience gets a picture of what Gore has been doing since winning (uh, I mean losing) the presidential election in 2000. I would have also liked to see the film deal with Michael Crichton's book State of Fear, which makes a counter-argument (complexifies and problematizes) about global warming.

4 comments:

Jason said...

For more on how the media and AlGore have fueled one side of the global warming controversy, see this article and the PDF linked there:

News: Debunking Global Warming with Senator Inhofe

Than said...

Not sure if you are interested, but here is a link to a film that is a follow up to "An Inconvenient Truth". One of my friends from Malawi sent me the link. He said it was pretty good.

Nathaniel said...

Here is the link (sorry): http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15809.htm

~greg said...

Here is the link. Thanks Than. The transcript is in full text here.