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With the fate of our planet arguably hanging in the balance,An Inconvenient Truthmay prove to be one of the most important and prescient documentaries of all time. As he jokingly refers to himself, "former President-elect" Al Gore felt an urgent personal calling to draw attention--as he had been doing throughout his political career--to the increasingly desperate crisis of global warming, and this riveting documentary is basically a filmed version (by respected TV director Davis Guggenheim) of the PowerPoint lecture that Gore has presented (by his own estimate, well over 1,000 times) to attentive audiences all over the world. Considering Gore's amiable, low-key approach to charts, graphs, statistics, and photographs that leave no room for doubt regarding thereality(not "theory") of global warming as Earth's ultimate environmental crisis, many viewers will be surprised by just how fascinating and convincing this no-frills film really is.

As we learn about the milestone events that shaped his character (including his sister's death and young son's near-fatal injuries after being struck by a car), Gore sheds the stiff demeanor of his 2000 presidential campaign and impresses us as a man with a mission, transcending partisan politics with an impassioned plea for common sense, ethical forthrightness, and passionate purpose in reversing the harmful effects of global warming through personal and political responsibility. Some may accuse Gore of exploiting global warming as a Democratic platform, but his honest conviction regarding this "inconvenient truth" (i.e. overwhelming evidence of global warming that's troublesome to those whose interests are threatened by Gore's irrefutable message) is likely to silence all but the most obtusely stubborn detractors. By taking the high road and discreetly avoiding a full-on assault against the George W. Bush administration (which has steadfastly avoided "the inconvenient truth" with obfuscating spin control and policies favoring the oil industry), Gore effectively rises above political differences with a stern but hopeful eye toward a better future for our children.--Jeff Shannon

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CastAl Gore, George W. Bush, Billy West, Ronald Reagan, George Bush
DirectorDavis Guggenheim
Genre:  Educational, Documentary
DVD Release Date:  November 21, 2006
Runtime:  100 minutes
Studio:  Paramount
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Quick Tip by . January 07, 2011
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It's a nice documentary to watch.. or rather must watch documentary . The statistics were unbelievable, and it was presented nicely as well. I really like the documentary, and I think it carries a strong message to the community.
review by . July 07, 2007
How one feels about this film is likely going to depend on your views on Global Warming Theory. It's a film that's designed to preach to the choir on the dangers of Global Warming, but it doesn't do so in the best way.    The movie is entertaining. Al Gore, who I would've voted for in 2000 had I been allowed to do so, is a very engaging speaker, and I loved the clip from "Futurama" that was used in the movie.    But there were some problems I had. The most …
review by . April 13, 2007
It is obvious that Al Gore is driven by passion in his desire to help save the Earth from his book and movie, An Inconvenient Truth. Mr. Gore personally touched me by his passion when I mailed a review copy of my book, "Harmonious Environment" to him and he responded within weeks that he would read and comment on it. He is an extremely busy man--but he selflessly found the time to personally type me a letter because my book deals with saving the planet and that is his mission.    Although …
review by . February 18, 2007
Rarely do movies come out that can change people's minds and propel a subject into the political mainstream. This is one of those movies, and for it to be narrated by Al Gore makes it even more amazing. The subject of this movie is global warming, and how human behaviors and actions contribute to it. The movie is based on a slide-show Mr. Gore presents to audiences as he travels around the world, and the video alternates between him presenting his slide-show, and footage of previous events.      …
review by . February 01, 2007
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Vice President Al Gore and director Davis Guggenheim have teamed up together to provide a compelling presentation. Using charts and statistics with the simple, effective skills President Reagan used, Al Gore goes through diagnosing, sampling, then convincing us of the existence of global warming. Having been no stranger to the topic for decades, he demonstrates stunning global pictures that document its effects upon the entire global landscape. Beautiful cinematography and quiet evocative music …
review by . January 21, 2007
Our environment is definitely changing. Whereas I appreciate warm weather to cold, the commentary in An Inconvenient Truth addresses how too much warmth from too much Carbon Dioide getting through to earth is not good at all. The pictures of how the deteoriating glaciers from around the world will lead to a massive water shortage. With world population increasing rapidly especially in areas such as India and China, the not so distant future does look a bit bleak. What happens if the sea level shrinks? …
review by . January 20, 2007
This movie made a big impact on me as it made me aware that our earth will no longer remain the way it was for us by the time our children grow up. It was a scary feeling...especially because we're seeing it happen before our eyes - the warmer weather around the world, the natural disasters and yet we do nothing about it. On the DVD, Al Gore gave an update after the movie, which should cause even more concern on our part. I went to the suggested website right after the movie and realized that my …
review by . November 27, 2006
Two big surprises here, the first is that a documentary on global warming can be entertaining. This is very entertaining, without trivializing an important issue. The second surprise is that Al Gore can project a personality. That may not surprise everyone, and indeed given his dry delivery and even drier wit, some might still take issue with the contention that he can be more than a stuffed shirt. But this is effort that can hold the attention of even casual viewers, and that alone makes it an …
review by . November 26, 2006
Al Gore created the film AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH as an important step to alert the global audience to the threat of global warming that is all too terrifying. Some may dismiss this well-made documentary as Gore's reaction to the election debacle that placed our current 'President' in an undeserved office, but that is just another true piece of this alerting film. Gore is the preacher/prophet here and he comes off as an admirable, warm, human, wise teacher whose mission is to bring us all into action.    …
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