Director: Davis Guggenheim
Starring: Al Gore
RunTime: 2 hrs 9 mins
Released By: UIP
Date: 26 October 2006
OUR REVIEW ON THE ORIGINAL AL GORE'S BOOK
Gore, former Vice President of the USA is back in the spotlight.
Stemming from a global-warming lecture that he has been delivering
worldwide, this Sundance hit documentary (from veteran Director
Davis Guggenheim) vividly displays the potential effects of
me a feature documentary that depicts an environmental problem.
aren’t many around. One reason for this is because stuff
like pollution and global warming, though having some visceral
effect on the audience, does not engage the individual as
piquantly as documentaries like Fast Food Nation or Super-size
Me – the latter includes a girlfriend’s testimony
on the down-sizing effect of fast food bingeing on one’s
An Inconvenient Truth is one of those rare films that supersede
the audience’s liking for the protagonist and its actual
production values. Strictly speaking, this film is not a documentary
but a lecture recording spliced in with some contrived low-res
snippets of Al Gore’s personal life and the stuff that
made him the man he is today, with a no small dollop of self-aggrandizement
and myth-making bravura (including a silhouette shot of Gore’s
back in the foreground and Hurricane Katrina in the background).
Similarly, while the movie tries to be discreet with its finger-pointing,
the audience will be able to pick out the potshots at the
Bush administration and hints at “what-it-could-have-beens”
if Al Gore had won the ballot in Florida. It is about as subtle
as the Apple notebook that Gore uses in the movie. For the
uninitiated, the movie includes a Bush-ism. Referring to Gore,
a smirking Bush said: “This guy is so far out in the
environmental extreme, we'll be up to our neck in owls and
outta work for every American. He is way out, far out, man.”
for better or worse, you just need to go watch this one. And
not because of Al Gore. Even though he is surprisingly good
as a presenter despite putting on a fair bit of weight. In
fact, he can absolutely unequivocally qualify as your typical
fan-favourite lecturer who is occasionally funny but one who
always says the most important things. His delivery was captivating
and concise, ably assisted with a thoroughly marvelous multimedia
presentation (One of those elevating platforms usually seen
in concerts was used. Take that, my dear profs).
it be clear that even though Al Gore is at his charming best
in this movie, the message he brings here is truly a dire
one. It is one thing to read about melting polar caps but
another to actually see photo comparisons of receding glaciers;
hear about polar bears that drown because they cannot find
ice floes in the Artic and understand why some scientists
fear that we are nearing another Ice Age.
Inconvenient Truth is probably the most important film we
can watch for our children fifty years on. It is either we
do something to save the world we live in now or we can try
to colonize Mars.
(We have a moral obligation to better comprehend what we are
doing to our earth. For more information please go to www.climatecrisis.net.
The full-colour illustrated book is selling at $37.75 at Borders.)
by: Lim Mun Pong