An Inconvenient Truth
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An Inconvenient Truth
With the fate of our planet arguably hanging in the balance, An Inconvenient Truth may prove to be one of the most important and prescient documentaries of all time. As he jokingly refers to himself, "former President-elect" Al Gore felt an urgent personal calling to draw attention--as he had been doing throughout his political career--to the increasingly desperate crisis of global warming, and this riveting documentary is basically a filmed version (by respected TV director Davis Guggenheim) of the PowerPoint lecture that Gore has presented (by his own estimate, well over 1,000 times) to attentive audiences all over the world. Considering Gore's amiable, low-key approach to charts, graphs, statistics, and photographs that leave no room for doubt regarding the reality (not "theory") of global warming as Earth's ultimate environmental crisis, many viewers will be surprised by just how fascinating and convincing this no-frills film really is.
As we learn about the milestone events that shaped his character (including his sister's death and young son's near-fatal injuries after being struck by a car), Gore sheds the stiff demeanor of his 2000 presidential campaign and impresses us as a man with a mission, transcending partisan politics with an impassioned plea for common sense, ethical forthrightness, and passionate purpose in reversing the harmful effects of global warming through personal and political responsibility. Some may accuse Gore of exploiting global warming as a Democratic platform, but his honest conviction regarding this "inconvenient truth" (i.e. overwhelming evidence of global warming that's troublesome to those whose interests are threatened by Gore's irrefutable message) is likely to silence all but the most obtusely stubborn detractors. By taking the high road and discreetly avoiding a full-on assault against the George W. Bush administration (which has steadfastly avoided "the inconvenient truth" with obfuscating spin control and policies favoring the oil industry), Gore effectively rises above political differences with a stern but hopeful eye toward a better future for our children.--Jeff Shannon
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Al Gore is entertaining and patient with his audience, saying that "It is just human nature to take time to connect the dots. I know that. But I also know that there can be a day of reckoning when you wish you had connected the dots more quickly". According to him, climate change and how we react to it is ultimately not a political issue so much as a moral issue. Once you are aware of what is happening, and realize that climate change is not just a "theory", you will have to act, because there is just no other option. Either you are part of the problem, or one of those trying to find a solution.
I strongly believe that this dvd should be seen by everybody, because it tackles a difficult subject that concerns us all, that is climate change and the way in which it is affecting our planet. Disregarding your political ideas or the place where you live, there are some disturbing facts that you won't be able to deny any longer, even if they lead to an inconvenient truth.
In the last few minutes of this movie, Al Gore says that he set himself a goal, to try to communicate clearly what he has learnt about global climate change. Congrats on a well-done job, Mr. Gore! And thanks...
Buy it, rent it, burn it, download it, whatever--just see it. I give it a two thumbs up in being very educational and very, very important.
The only thing I didn't like about the movie was it seemed Al Gore was telling his own life story a little too much. But please, please don't let that deter you away from seeing the movie. Trust me, Al Gore's life is easy to forget about while watching the movie. Just every once in a while, there is something about him that doesn't need to be there.
All in all, I give the movie a 5 out of 5 for backing up all the environmentalists, scientists, politicians and other concerned citizens throughout the world. It offers a very convincing and strategic outlook on global warming.
I have been to a few of the locations pointed out in the video, including Glacier National park. And if I had just watched this video I may have been skeptical of a one sided argument that was packed or spun for ulterior motives. But seeing the results here and now this becomes really spooky. The thing that makes Stephen King stories so scary is that he keeps them just n the realm of reality; so if there is any credence to the global warming we are now in the middle of a Stephen King scenario.
The film is not just a scary we are doomed message but offers reasonable sounding practical alternatives.
The first step in any action is awareness.
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He stresses that there's hope, in terms of taking on the climate crisis, but we must act now, and the DVD has a half-hour update with Gore, made since the theatrical release of the film. It's true that Gore talks about his own personal history a little, but I simply saw it as a way to break up the film so that he isn't throwing statistics at the viewer the whole time.
Having seen it in the theatre, I still plan to buy a copy just to loan around to my friends, and another one to put in the office for people to sign out. Film critic Roger Ebert said in decades of reviewing he's never written these words before, but "You owe it to yourself to see this film."
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It is truly sad that so many people bought into Gore's version of climate warming. Come on people - use your brains and do a little research - get both sides of the story before... Read morePublished on April 15 2011 by grumpygeologist
A very informative and powerful documentary but it becomes a bit of a drudge after the first hour. It would have been more effective if it was condensed into an hour.Published on Dec 29 2010 by Mr. James Greene
"Out of 925 recent articles in peer-review scientific journals about global warming, there was no disagreement [that it is occurring]. Zero. Read more
Since he reportedly gets $100K per talk, doesn't walk his talk and there are billion$ in carbon credit trading hanging in the balance how believable is he? Read morePublished on July 3 2007 by ASM
Here's my opinion on Global Warming, and why it isn't real. Global Warming is probably one of the biggest fabrications of the last century. Read morePublished on June 29 2007 by RICK
This is a fairly interesting film, though not particularly enlightening, despite the glossy special effects. Read morePublished on April 28 2007 by John Kittridge
A thinly veiled promo piece for Mr. Gore, this bunch of pseudo-science is passed off as the gospel when the subject is far from decided. I suppose to those who drink Mr. Read morePublished on April 7 2007 by I. T. Lovitch MBA
This movie is very educational. Al Gore used his ex political fame to promote this documentary. He used his fame to alarm us about very important issue "Global Warming". Read morePublished on March 21 2007 by Sue nader