Farenheit 9/11 A-

Farenheit 9/11, Michael Moore's 4th major documentary film that ambushes President Bush for his highly ambiguous basis for waging war against Iraq, debuted this weekend in selected theaters.

A natural at psychology, Moore begins the film with small exerpts of Bush and other Washington officials primping nonchalantly before a live broadcast that is undoubtedly going to address the nation on a very serious matter. Bringing his theories on the War in Iraq to life by tediously arranging facts about Bush and his connections to Saudi Arabia's oil industry and other means of personal gain, the argument grows stronger as each new tid-bit reveals a little more of what Moore believes to be the truth. Not only does the film give details of personal relationships between George W. Bush and the middle east, but it also shows the injustice of sending Americans to war to die for an unclear cause. It shows this war as a crime against the "have nots" who are protecting the "have's" and the "have more's" as Bush said in one of the various clips from the film.

Moore's film, though obviously more hastily pieced together than award-winning Bowling for Columbine, was yet another successful documentary bringing out emotions in the American audience--both good and bad. Unlike Bowling for Columbine, I believe that this film did not always use it's footage in a fair way. Many of the clips Moore used could have been taken out of context merely to outrage an audience.

All in all, I would give this film an A- for overall quality. No matter one's opinion on the matter, from a film standpoint, he certainly managed to accomplish his goal of reaching the public in a hard-hitting manner that forces the audience to consider the questionable reasons behind the problems facing our America of today.

 

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