An Inconvenient Truth (2006) – Documentary Retroview

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inconvenient truthAn Inconvenient Truth is basically a concert film, the genre that documents a performance. But, instead of seeing a rock star or stand up comedian belting music or one liners, we meet Al Gore, the former Vice President of the United States. Mr. Gore is presenting the slide show in which he delivers the down and dirty about global warming–the most pressing environmental issue of our time. Mr. Gore has given more than 1000 performances of his show around the world, but it is very important for more people to see it and get the global warming message–hence the film.

You’re so wrong if you think this film–essentially an hour and a half long lecture with slides and graphics–might be boring. It is anything but.

Al Gore, who subsequently scored a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts, put together a brilliant presentation that explain in no uncertain terms that human beings around the world had better take action quickly to reverse the trend of global warming-before it becomes irreversible and life on Earth, as we know it, ceases to be.

It’s an alarming message that’s backed up with convincing evidence–photographs and statistics that are shown on easy to read graphs.Through our extravagant consumption of fossil fuel, waste of energy and release of fluorocarbons and other pollutants into the atmosphere, we are killing Mother Earth. In a professorial tone, Mr. Gore leads us through the global warming cycle. He illustrates what is happening as a result of melting ice shelves and glaciers, shows us the devastating effects of killer hurricanes that come with climatic change and gives us a glimpse of what the future will be–unless we take action in the present.It’s clear that Mr. Gore is on a mission–but it’s a moral rather than political one. He’s trying to preserve out prospects for the future.The style of the presentation is calm and well thought out–and surprisingly witty. But the facts delivered are extremely dramatic–even shocking. It’s highly effective.

Throughout the film, director David Guggenheim breaks up the lecture with footage showing Mr. Gore’s private life, giving background that explains how and why he’s become so committed to environmental action. Mr. Gore’s discussion of his childhood dreams, his comments about the child he lost and his presidential campaign are extremely moving. The personal stuff–much of which we’ve never before seen–makes the polemic all the more compelling.

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