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Bowling for Columbine (DVD, 2003)
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This film is not pro or anti guns. Instead this film looks at the reasons why America uses guns to kill each other with a frequency unmatched anywhere else in the world.
This film is not anti-NRA, Moore actually supports the NRA's mission of teaching gun safety and responsible gun ownership. This film does leave the viewer horrified at the NRA's repeated decision to roll NRA President Heston out to any community grieving after a senseless gun tradgedy to intone his famous line, "From my cold dead hands" as he holds a long weapon aloft.
Moore asks the viewer to consider possible root causes for the extraordinary degree of gun violence, and suggests that America has developed a culture of fear (and violence) that lends itself to the overly quick reaching for a gun.
I grew up hunting deer and pigs, owned several rifles, and support the second ammendment and the less malignant actions of the NRA.
That said, I think the second ammendment was written over 200 years ago and perhaps should itself be ammended. Further, I can not condone the reprehensibly insensitive and agressively pain inducing actions of the NRA and Heston.
I most strongly recommend this movie to everyone; I bought tickets for my friends so they could see this amazing film in the theatres.
Moore tries to understand what is at the root of our Country's level of violence. He concludes Gun Ownership, itself, is NOT!
First off, go to the World Health Organization and look up "homicide rates United States" and the second article shows -
"Homicide rates for Japan, the United States and Brazil are respectively 0.6, 7 and 25 per 100 000 population. Firearm death rates in Asia are almost 100 times lower than in the Americas. 'We need to learn from these cross-cultural differences. Such insight could help in prevention and response,' added Dr Krug"
Moore unravels a fascinating thread which reveals America's morbid fascination with fear. He presents his theory of where this fear originated. How it is fueled by mistrust, the media, intolerance, ignorance, greed, and public policy.
Some of his statistics are presented without much detailed explaination (ie Per Captia) making them more sensational than useful but overall he will stun you with his observations of what is causing us to fear each other and so willing to react with violence whereas very similar people with roughly the same set of conditions (our Canadian neighbors) do not.
Yes, the NRA, and Charleton Heston are made to look bad. But if your daughter or son, friend, relative, had been killed by soemone using firearms and you saw Heston touting the NRA in the neighborhood (Columbine, Flint MI) a few days later wouldn't you be outraged too? Moore, who is a member of the NRA and an avid gun owner, sure was.
The film is thoroughly amusing, and dismally frightening at the same time.
In my personal experience as a Canadian living in the U.S. I find that there is a big difference between the two countries, and that is the difference between capitalism and socialism. Capitalism can be summed up as "every man for himself", while socialism is based on spreading wealth to those who need it. One engenders competition, the other cooperation. In America you take what you can get because no one is going to hand anything to you, so naturally you're going to protect what you already have a little more vigorously. That difference goes a long way to explaining why Americans are more afraid, and why they feel the need to own guns. In any event, I grew up without locking my door, although I sure lock it now.
Whatever your politics you can't deny that Moore documents a great deal of absurd and dysfunctional behavior in this movie.Read more ›
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First let me say that, as a person (a Canadian for those who are strangely questioning if all the negative reviews are from the USA) who doesn't care for guns and has no interest... Read morePublished on May 27 2006 by Craig R. Estrella
Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine" is a riveting and electrifying documentary. Focusing on gun control (although topics also range from American history to violence in the... Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2005 by J. Pinkerton Snoopington
Many folks seem so tied up by this movie, but I think they missed the point. Moore is an artist, and I say that without revealing whether I agree or disagree with him. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2004 by Shilo Savant
Michael Moore has produced a brilliant film in "Bowling for Columbine," beginning to examine the question of gun violence in America. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Jeff Nova
This film plays hard. Moore has become in the rebel voice and one of the most irreverent personalities in USA . His brave position deserves him many admirers . Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela
I admittedly saw Fahrenheit 9/11 before I saw Bowling for Columbine and that may skew my impressions, but this movie is no where near as good as its reputation would have you... Read morePublished on July 19 2004
I'm not going to proselytize; my feelings on the quality of this movie have already been adequately expressed by previous reviewrers. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Justin Colley
This slug should find an early grave...What a sleazy, lying pig. Oh, yeah...he distorts the truth, keeps the millions, and pretends to be just a regular slob. Well, he is a slob. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Canonfog