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Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

A 2004 documentary movie direct4ed by Michael Moore.

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The magic of Moore

  • Aug 13, 2006
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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 film states how Bush stole Florida from Gore. How did Bush do this? Well his brother Jeb was the governor at the time, which is how! Now I am not saying that isn't shady, and I was living in Florida and voted in that election, I recall how crazy that entire process was. But you know how this entire situation could have been avoided? If Al Gore won Tennessee (his home state) and Arkansas (President Bill Clinton's home state, after all Gore worked with him for eight years). Had Gore won these states, he wouldn't have had to worry about Florida! Nevertheless, jolly old Michael Moore omits these types of facts throughout the entire film. I know many people on the right side of the fence were upset with this movie and feel it shouldn't have been made. My response to that notion is "If you are that upset GOP, make your own movie."

As for President George W. Bush, I have a question. Is he the dumbest kid on the street or is he the devil himself? Because I find myself getting really confused, I am not sure how he can be both. I imagine someone who is really evil to be very intelligent, not to be stupid. Consequently, President Bush seems to be both, as ominous as Hitler, but as dumb as Porky Pig. I am confused, but I think that is the ruse behind Moore's mix message in this movie.

I want it to be understood I don't think Bush is the brightest crayon in the box, but I don't think the fault of the world is his pratfall. It just isn't one person who makes decisions in government; any college level course will explain that information to you. There are many shadowy and dark figures in American politics that are both Republican and Democrat. These factors fall into every element of contemporary America.

As for 9/11 itself, what a terrible thing to happen to any country, the fact it happened in New York City was unspeakable. I am able to say I had been to the WTC before and after the attack. Seeing the aftermath was quite moving, to think one of the greatest cites in the world became a target of hate and pain. As for the human-interest story about the solider that was killed and his mother coping, was touching. However, what about every soldier's family who had to deal with a death related to the War on Terror? Not just in this current war, but in every war that was ever fought? The bloody shirt technique was both moving and a low blow all at the same time. As I write this, I feel conflicted, but please remember that movie making has the magic of editing. Was that mother's pain fake, no? Was her son not a hero, of course he was. But every war has a casualty, which is why it is war. And for every mother, who is upset her son/daughter is involved with this war, there is another mother/father who is pleased her son/daughter is defending the United States. I think Michael Moore should have selected more than one family for his visually diatribe, what do you think?

I suppose I understand Moore's plan, blame people here in the United States because after all if Al Gore were president we wouldn't have terrorists, right? If Al Gore were president we would all have better public schools, lower taxes and no crime, right? Finally, if Al Gore were president there would be no plot against the United States, United Kingdom and other countries, in regards to blowing up public airlines? Right? Remember that the WTC was attacked back in 1993 by terrorists, when Bill Clinton was President. Just some food for thought.

In modern times, we as a country should stand together and be a democracy, blaming each other and falling apart is giving terrorists what they want. Especially with all the horror going on with issues around the world today. My greatest concern is this; once Bush is out of office are we still going to be blaming him? Or are we going to be moving forward? There are still some hard core GOP members who still hate Bill Clinton for things that are wrong in this country. Come on people.

In conclusion, the moral of the story is don't believe everything you see on TV. This movie should be an inspiration for people everywhere to tap into their critical thinking skills. The problem with this country isn't Bush, Michael Moore or the War in the Middle East. It is that fact that more people are involved in voting for the next American Idol, not the next American President.

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review by . November 09, 2008
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review by . February 28, 2007
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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 . October 14, 2004
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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 …
review by . June 28, 2004
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 …
review by . June 25, 2004
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 …
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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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