PopcornReel.com Film Review: "An Inconvenient Truth"
By Omar P.L. Moore/June 1, 2006
Looking at the situation a different way, "An Inconvenient Truth" is one of those films that reverses casting roles ingeniously: the environment is the star, which is in danger and needs help. The villain is the collective populace as well as the governments (the United States and Australia are cited in the film as the only two who have not ratified the Kyoto Treaty.) And most importantly the film's heroes (and its ending) have yet to be made, because they are the audience. Mr. Guggenheim's film is thus incomplete, because action is required from all who watch it. The closing credits are a strong example of the kind of imploring and galvanizing of action.
By the looks of things in "An Inconvenient
Truth," Mr. Gore has firmly said goodbye to politics and has channeled the
despair of controversially losing the top political office in America into
remaining steadfast in his efforts to do more to pay serious attention to fixing
the environmental woes of the Earth and educating millions of people worldwide
to do something. In a rare moment he admits that it is "really
frustrating" to convey to people the pressing need to combat global warning and
that politicians are a huge stumbling block. There's a funny and painfully
true line about the fact that an executive salary is based on the executive's
own ignorance and inability to address or try to fix the environmental dangers
that exist. Mr. Guggenheim also shows news footage of the 2000
presidential fiasco that derailed Mr. Gore's place at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
and handed the current occupant of that address in Washington, D.C. the key to
the American presidency.
Another alarming fact was that a substantial
increase in temperature occurred around the world over the last few years,
particularly in 2003, when Arizona, Illinois, India, parts of the African
continent, France, the United Kingdom and Italy among others, were among the
cities and continents that recorded a spate of sweltering heat that killed
thousands and thousands of people. "An Inconvenient Truth" never insults
the intelligence of its audience, and while it does (and should) chill you with
the facts and not the confusion, it remains hopeful and optimistic that vigilant
and sensible Americans can get up and make a difference at the polls and in
political parties by running for office. Given Mr. Gore's own predicament
in 2000 this is an ironic juxtaposition.
Those who call themselves detractors of Mr. Gore will say that this documentary is a self-righteous, self-serving political commercial for an attempted run for the White House in 2008, and that it smacks of vanity and self-indulgence. On an objective basis however, there's very little to suggest that the detractors are correct. Mr. Gore seems to be sincere in his effort to help change the face of an ever-dangerous ecosystem and the only agenda he appears to have is to get the facts out to people in a very unequivocal way. Why travel around the world to present the slides over a thousand times if you are just playing for time? Mr. Gore may be campaigning here, but this time it is for a cause that on its face is far more urgent and of paramount importance, a cause that affects every living thing. Mr. Guggenheim gained Mr. Gore's trust and was allowed to follow the former vice-president of the U.S. around for months as he jet-set around the globe and went home, and to functions surrounding the environment.
It is far from overstatement to say that "An Inconvenient Truth" is the most important film of our generation. It is a film that must be seen by everyone and acted upon at all costs. This may be the first urgent, interactive call-to-activism via the big screen.
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