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Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

A 2004 documentary movie direct4ed by Michael Moore.

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Regardless of your Viewpoint, see this film!!!!!!!!

  • Jun 25, 2004
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Rating:
+5
Pros: Good humor and interesting discussion topics abound.

Cons: Not always an objective look.

The Bottom Line: While not always objective, Moore has created a film that you simply can't forget.

Next to “The Passion of the Christ” no film has generated more controversy than Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11”. The film takes a highly critical look at the Bush administration, the War against Terror, and the invasion of Iraq.

The film was so controversial, that the studio that financed it, Miramax, did not release it for fear of a potential backlash that it would cause. The film languished in limbo before having its rights purchased by a group of investors and distributed by Lions Gate Films.


Needless to say the controversy around the film has only helped add interest to the film and it recently took the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival and has been the hot topic of media shows for weeks leading up to its release.

The press screening I attended was packed to capacity and there was a very excited and vocal crowd of the public who had lined up for hours to get an early look at the film as seating for the public was on a first come basis.

The movie starts with a look at the 2000 election and moves forward to the tragic events surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Using news footage as well as footage filmed on site, Moore using his trademark humor and easy going narration to tell the tales of the key players and events that have marked the last four years. Some of the more amazing and disturbing parts of the film are the footage of the civilian casualties in Iraq and the words of some of the soldiers fighting the war.

Moore also makes a connection to the recruitment effort of soldiers that are conducting in areas that have been devastated by the economy. Focusing on his hometown of Flint Michigan, Moore follows a pair of Marine recruiters who venture into a mall in an economically depressed area and notes how the recruiters are avoiding the mall in the more affluent areas of town to focus on those who are in financial straits to fight the war. Another disturbing portion of the film is where an elected official tells Moore that they do not read most of the bills and acts that they vote on as their simply isn’t the time to. Moore then responds by renting an ice cream truck and reading the Patriot Act over the loud speaker while driving near the capitol.

It is clear which side of the political fence Moore is on, but regardless of your political leanings, Moore does have a right to voice his opinions and his film does what any good film should do, it makes you think.

I have attended countless screeners in my time but I had never seen a film gain such a response from the audience. People were laughing, cheering, booing, and crying as the documentary unfolded.

Moore makes connections between those in power and the family of Osama Bin Laden, how big business stands to profit from the Iraqi oil, how personal freedoms are being trampled and how Saudi special interests are being protected. One scene had the Secret Service arriving to question Moore while he was doing an interview across from the Saudi embassy in D.C.

The biggest message Moore hammers home time and again is that the war in Iraq was being staged for the benefit of big business and not for the security reasons that were given. Moore takes the stance that the government is using the threat of attacks to distract the public from what is really going on and into accepting the loss of personal freedoms.

Moore floods the screen with images of the devastation in Iraq as well as the personal suffering of those on both sides of the conflict. Regardless of what your take on the man and the material Moore crafts a captivating film that will hold your attention throughout.

While Moore may not be the most objective person in the world, his passion for this project is clear as well as his determination to see it released despite all of the obstacles it faced. For that reason alone “Fahrenheit 9/11” is a must se film and one of the most compelling films in
recent memory.
5 stars out of 5


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I avoided this documentary for quite some time, particularly due to all the hype over how powerful it was, and from other voices how lame it was. Well, I finally watched it to discover that I found it to be neither overly powerful or overly lame, but a fairly normal documentary put together much like others, focusing on the Bush family.     Ignoring the Republican/Democrat verbal boxing matches (lets face it folks, there is no discerning the two parties apart any longer, all …
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I am not sure where to start with this movie, or this persuasive visually essay. After all, that is what it is. Anyone who states this movie is entire fact, despite political stripe, is really not being honest with himself or herself. Many of Michael Moore's arguments and positions on topics really follow a "1 + 1 = 3" formula. For instance Fahrenheit 9/11 opens with the Bush/Gore 2000 election. How different news channels weren't displaying solidarity with the results of the election. Then the …
review by . October 28, 2004
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I watched this at the invitation of someone who insisted I do so, saying it would convince me Bush was a disaster for the country. What I saw, instead, were Moore's usual diatribes, cleverly constructed to misrepresent the truth. We all know Bush was inexperienced in facing the camera during his early years in office and highly self-conscious about it to boot, all of which tended to make him smirk foolishly at inopportune moments, stumble haltingly over his words and look beseechingly around, as …
review by . July 14, 2004
Pros: Plenty of verifiable facts to back his assertions.     Cons: Seen through a biased eye.     The Bottom Line: In the finally analysis Fahrenheit 9/11 is more then just another attempt by Michael Moore to shock us, it is an attempt to educate, to question, to enlighten us.      I should preface this review by telling you that I claim allegiance to neither the Democrat nor Republican Party’s. I am an Independent in my political affiliations …
review by . June 29, 2004
Pros: moving, presents some undeniable facts, music     Cons: manipulative, can be criticized as “propaganda,” too broad in scope     The Bottom Line: Let your anger rise / and we'll fly and we'll fall and we'll burn / no one will recall, no one will recall - Muse - "Stockholm Syndrome"     Do you remember what it was like to trust your government? Back in the simple days of the Cold War, I blissfully thought of the USA as “the good …
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Pros: Powerful, funny, spirited     Cons: Anguished, sad, depressing     The Bottom Line: It is both anguised and angry at the same time which leaves the viewer feeling torn - not sure whether to cry or riot.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot. Michael Moore's hot topic film contained no new surprises - but was a great example of the freedom of the press in the United States. Moore took square …
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Starring Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder, George W. Bush, James Baker III
Directed by Michael Moore
Writer:  Michael Moore
2004

Product Description
In the most provocative film of the year, Academy Award-winner Michael Moore presents a searing examination of the role played by greed and oil in the wake of the tragic events of 9/11. From Academy-Award winning director Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine). WINNER, Palme D'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival, BEST PICTURE. DVD features:

* "The Release of Fahrenheit 9/11" featurette
* "Iraq, Pre-War" featurette: The people of Iraq on the eve of invasion
* "Homeland security, Miami style" featurette: Footage of the old men who patrol the Florida coast lookng for terrorists as part of the homeland security plan
* "Outside Abu Ghraib Prison"
* Eyewitness account from Samara, Iraq
* "Lila, D.C.": Lila Lipscomb at the Washington, D.C. premiere
* Arab-American comedians: Their acts and experiences after 9/11
* Extended interview: More with Abdul Henderson
* "Condi 9/11": Condoleezza Rice's 9/11 Commission testimony
* "Bush Rose Garden": George W. Bush's full press briefing after 9/11 Commission appearance

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Director: Michael Moore
Genre: Documentary, Drama
Release Date: June 23, 2004
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Michael Moore
DVD Release Date: October 5, 2004
Runtime: 2hrs 2min
Studio: Lionsgate Films
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