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Michael MooreSynopsis: Michael Moore's latest documentary traces why the U.S. has become a target for hatred and terrorism. It will also depict alleged dealings between two generations of the Bush and bin Laden clans that led to George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden becoming mortal enemies. Winner of the Palm d'Or in 2004 at Cannes films festival.
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." - Theodore Roosevelt
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I have heard a lot of the following recently. 'I refuse to see Fahrenheit 9/11 because of Michael Moore's slanted opinions and half-truths.'
For those folks that will argue with me until they are blue in the face, it's a shame...they are missing one of the best movies of the year. The news clips that we have somehow been deemed unworthy of viewing speak volumes on their own. Hell, the opening credit sequence of political folks prepping and preening before the camera reveals some interesting 'human' moments including a spit/comb moment that is priceless.
There are powerful moments that can not be denied. The minutes ticking away as Bush sits reading My Pet Goat in a photo-op as he receives news that the second building was hit. And still he sits, looking bland, confused and with thoughts only he will ever know though Moore cheerfully supplies his own commentary here for amusement.
Simply watching Marine tactics in recruiting in parking lots, the absence of any World Trade Center footage (opting for sound instead) and the personal story of Lila Lipscomb that plays throughout the second half of the film will be stunning to any audience member.
That is not to say Moore doesn't play some of his usual tricks that often polarize his audience. Yes he tries to read the Patriot Act from an ice cream truck, yes he tries to recruit Senator's children's for the war in Iraq (and why shouldn't he?) but this outing has the least amount of Moore on screen and covers so many topics one viewing may notbne enough for most.
I came out of this film stunned, shocked, impressed and oddly happy...happy that there is still a chance to make films, statements and as human as this one can be. In the end Moore gets it right with a simple statement.
The star system seems a little trite here but I am going with a solid 5 stars out of 5. It has it's flaws, it's distractions and oddly, that seems to sum up what this film is about.
Copyright© Written By: Rob Paul
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