"An Inconvenient Truth"
Directed by Davis Guggenheim.
Written by Al Gore.
Release Year: 2006
Review Date: 6/27/06
I had been putting off seeing the Al Gore
eco-documentary "An Inconvenient Truth", but on the second of three
days of the Maryland version of monsoon season, I thought a
weather-themed movie couldn't be any more appropriate.
And, as I expected, the flick delivers the
goods because for about two hours, you sit in the theater realizing
just how bad the situation might be in terms of a number of
environmental issues that will hit us hard during our lifetime.
Gore, who runs through a slideshow taped during one of his
presentations last year, keeps it simple (even my dumb ass followed
every point during the slideshow) by dumbing down all of the facts
to very easy layman's terms; with vivid graphics and a ton of
photographs that illustrate just how badly our environment has
gotten, the bits from Gore's presentation really hit me hard even
though I was already vaguely familiar with how global warming works
and how recent weather-related events might fit in.
It's not jaw-dropping, but it is a real
downer--no one can deny that winters the last few years have been a
LOT warmer than even when we were kids; the number of
out-of-this-world weather events lately has been incredible
(typhoons, a 37-inches-of-rain DAY in India last year, hurricanes
that are happening outside of what we normally know to be "hurricane
season") and man-made waste seems to be spiraling out of control.
Gore throws facts at you faster than you can (or maybe, want to)
handle them; in his Southern commonspeak, you almost feel like the
nice guy on the corner is telling you that in about 50 years, Earth
as we know it will be almost completely uninhabitable if we keep up
with the current pace of making problems for our world. It's
an effective model, but it certainly is NOT a pick-me-up, which is
the idea, one that puts a lot of faith in educated people to follow
As good as the scenes about our environment
are, the bits that stray from the Gore presentation don't work as
well; I didn't care to revisit one of our nation's greatest
tragedies in recent years, the 2000 presidential election, but it is
included here, as if this is about Al Gore at all. The movie
is best with Al Gore as Environmental Narrator, not a politician but
an environment activist. I don't give a hoot about Al's
personal life or troubles, at least not in this forum, but about 15
minutes of the film (in various bits and pieces) is set on telling
us more about Al Gore, the man...and, strangely, I thought that it
was completely out of place in a film about the effects of infrared
rays and their tendency to be trapped in our atmosphere. This
brings the film down a bit for me, because that 15 minutes could
easily have been used to focus on even more stunning facts about how
useless our government has been in rectifying our awful environment
Overall, a good, truly important film.
And, from reading articles after seeing the film, it looks like the
science that Gore presents is almost completely accurate; it's nice
when your presenter doesn't skew the facts to fit an argument.
Check this one out--it's been out for weeks for a good reason.
Rating: $9.50 Show
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"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard