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5.0 out of 5 stars Go See It. Go. Right Now., May 30, 2006
Ok, let me get this straight. They made a documentary about Al Gore giving a lecture? About global warming? Okay, I'm already asleep. Snore. Yawn. Why don't I just stay home and save the money I would spend to take a nap.

All kidding aside, if you know anything about Al Gore, you know this is a subject he is extremely committed to and passionate about. Very passionate. And after five years of some of the worst, most harmful environmental policy to ever come out of Washington, DC, there is no better time for "An Inconvenient Truth".

I know many consider Gore to be less than a captivating speaker. But in "An Inconvenient Truth" he comes across as a different man because he is so passionate and committed to the subject of global warming, he comes across as a different man. Informed, knowledgeable, conversational and persuasive, if he were like this during the election, there would be no Florida Recount in our history books. Okay, so that didn't happen. But the result is that Gore, much like Clinton and Carter, are trying to do something with their status to help better the world. Gore has long been an environmental advocate and it shows. He knows the facts inside and out; people have provided him with statistics, graphs, charts and more, and he uses them in this presentation.

As Gore states, he has given the lecture more than a thousand times around the globe. Because of this, he is extremely comfortable addressing large audiences, giving them a lot of scientific research to digest. Remarkably, he makes it easy to understand, pointing out key facts, walking us through some of the more difficult to understand ideas and problems. He also knows when the audience needs a break and interjects humor here and there. At one point, he shows a spoof of an educational film animated by the people at "The Simpsons". At others, he makes fun of himself and his political ambitions and woes.

Davis Guggenheim, the filmmaker, has apparently presented Gore's lecture virtually intact. As Gore moves around on a dais, clicking for the next slide, he makes persuasive points. But he also reaches a couple of key points. When this happens, the filmmakers smartly pull back from the lecture, giving us a portrait of a few key moments in Gore's life. The argument he makes in his lecture is persuasive, intelligent and well thought out, but because we learn more about the man making the presentation, these points have even more resonance. Not only do these moments give us more details about Gore, they also provide a respite from the scientific data, allowing us to absorb what we have learned.

At one point, Gore states that the data is irrefutable and it appears to be. Remarkably, the filmmakers show footage of various people attacking Gore, or claiming the data he is presenting is not based in fact. Yet, we can see it for ourselves, right in front of us. And I am sure Gore could easily provide a bibliography of resources for us to check out all of the facts he uses. What would drive some of these people to attack Gore and this data? Some of the clips are from Gore's days as a Senator and Vice President, so some of that can be contributed to political parties trying to one-up each other. But currently, Gore does not hold political office, yet the current administration seems intent on giving every break to the worst polluters in the country, allowing them to make as much money as possible while they pollute and pollute and pollute. Gore shows a slide about this argument. Apparently, there is the thought good environmental policy will impact the economy. How do these same people explain the relationship between Toyota, Honda, Ford and GM? Toyota and Honda manufacture vehicles with far better gas mileage than their competitors and are much more successful because of it. An argument Gore makes very convincingly.

Thankfully, Gore stays away from political bias. More or less. A couple of times, he makes funny remarks about his failed run for the presidency, or he makes a pointed comment about the current administration, but by and large his comments are directed at us and what we should do to save our planet. The film isn't void of bias, but there could certainly have been a lot more. The fact the filmmaker and Gore showed some restraint makes his presentation even more persuasive.

The film ends with a series of `calls to action' as the credits begin. Frankly, these aren't needed because Gore's arguments are so convincing. But they are effective. As one call to action states "Urge everyone you know to see this film." Well, folks, that's what I am doing. Go and see this film. We need to do something before it is too late to do anything. Hopefully, this film will one day be viewed as a historical document of the beginning of a great change and not as a horror film.
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Initial post: Nov 11, 2006 9:37:46 PM PST
Bob Seeds says:
Re: 'Toyota and Honda manufacture vehicles with far better gas mileage than their competitors and are much more successful because of it.'

Rather, they have simply been far better cars.

'Excellent' frequency-of-repairs ratings have been published annually by Consumers Reports for over twenty years. Not by editorial opinion but by statistical analysis of very large populations of owners.

JD Powers publishes consistently high brand loyalties and retained values as these cars age.

These reports are based on more than better gas mileage. And people notice.

Posted on Nov 16, 2006 7:55:51 AM PST
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Ann H. says:
You are an idiot J. French!!!

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BGallagher says:
J.French what a d-bag post

Posted on Nov 23, 2006 9:51:24 AM PST
Truth Seeker says:
J. French's comments are hateful and mean-spirited, and add nothing to the conversation about the movie nor the topic. That's why I have reported the post as "abuse" and would strongly recommend everyone else do the same.

Posted on Nov 25, 2006 5:23:30 PM PST
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Some Guy says:
No Raymond, J. French is an idiot because of the manner of the expression and you are arrogant and insecure in posting your credentials. While your busy expressing yourself the FACT is the problem is simply getting worse. Your also boring and unoriginal.

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Bugs says:
...er, Mr. Rubino, equality is not an attribute of the "socialist/Maoist" regime, not in practice anyway, rather it is the basis of the Constitution of the United States of America.

Now if you disagree with the dynamics of the equality provisions in U.S. law, that is another matter. Captains of industry don't show much belief in fairness, equality or democracy, either, so you're not alone.

We are all in the same frying pan, however, and therefore, we are all getting toasted equaly.

Mr. "Thornhill", I found all but the first paragraph of your lengthy review to be good and accurate and by-the-way, I used to frequent Venice Beach and perhaps we know some of the same people- certainly, the same "Do Drop Inns".

I hope you're situated well above the rising tide lines and if not, you might consider getting a boat or moving higher inland.

Despite the reassuring rants of J. French and Mr. Rubino, Chicken Little is not joking about melting ice caps and rising seas- one need only go there and see for themselves!
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