DVD Review: Fahrenheit 9/11
by Scott Juba
Published: October 12, 2004
In the midst of one of the most strongly divided Presidential elections in history, Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” is undoubtedly the most provocative and controversial film of the year. The documentary presents an unflinching incrimination of the Bush administration’s policies prior to and following the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. Moore examines the reasons why President Bush led the US into war in Iraq and presents a no holds barred view of the deadly results of the conflict. The conclusions Moore draws are likely to light the fuses of more than a few Republicans; but the legitimate manner in which he strings his facts together makes his messages difficult to argue with.
Before hard line conservatives write “Fahrenheit 9/11” off as a piece of contrived political propaganda, I encourage them to at least view the film with an open mind. “Fahrenheit 9/11” is a movie that every American should see, because in it, Moore asks the probing questions that most of the major media outlets wouldn’t dare explore.
Moreover, there is nothing un-American or un-patriotic about asking such questions. In fact, it is every citizen’s duty to make sure that those who govern make wise decisions and do not abuse their power. After all, we should not forget that if it were not for the brave dissent of our founding fathers, we would not be a free nation today.
Love him or hate him, Michael Moore is a masterful filmmaker, because his films elicit intense emotional responses from all who view them. I dare you not to cry during the segment of the film in which a grieving mother recounts the death of her son who was killed in Iraq.
Moore also deserves credit for loading the DVD with an abundant list of extras, including a new scene and a featurette on the release of the film. These bonus features, combined with a movie that merits multiple viewings, makes the “Fahrenheit 9/11” DVD a worthwhile purchase or rental on your next trip to your local video store.
For everyone who loved “Bowling for Columbine”, “Fahrenheit 9/11” is equally as engaging and compelling. Moore inserts the same sense of satirical wit included in his previous films; and at the same time, provides an intelligent analysis of some very important issues facing our nation. Regardless of your political affiliation, please see this film and discuss it with your friends. If nothing else, you will discover how thoughtful the political arena can be.
Overall Grade: A
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