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Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

A 2004 documentary movie direct4ed by Michael Moore.

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Every Citizen Should Watch It!

  • Jul 14, 2004
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Rating:
+3
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 and a moderate on most issues facing the nation. But I am an idealist, I strongly believe in our Constitutional Republic and the principles it embodies. And however flawed in execution, I believe it to be far superior to other forms of human governance.

That being said, I have been a strong opponent of the Bush and his Administration since he came to power under less then desirable circumstances after the flawed 2000 Presidential elections; which interestingly enough is where Michael Moore opens his very controversial documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.

We all know, or at least have heard of Michael Moore (Roger & Me -1989, Bowling for Columbine 2002, The Corporation – 2004), the everyman, the quintessential working American who goes beyond just asking questions to himself, but has the guts to ask them of our leaders as well. His mild in-your-face style has won him both admirers and critics alike.

In his latest look at America, Fahrenheit 9/11 he sets out to explore the Bush Administration and it many failings, and Bush’s personal failure as a leader. But the film is about far more then Bush’s troubling rise to power, and his misapplication of same, it is more about us, average Americans and how our country is being stolen from us, election by election, lie by lie, dollar, by dollar, by those who hold greenbacks and power, and not the constitution or the American people near and dear to their hearts. It’s a about the slow demise of the principles upon which this country was founded. And more importantly it’s about the future of America, a future we are bequeathing to our children. And it asks without asking, this question: can America really suffer under four more years of a mediocre President whose better interest lie outside not in his people, but in his wallet, and the wallets of those (richest 1% of Americans) in his “base,” the “have and have-mores,” as Bush himself call them without further eroding our constitutional doctrine?

Written, produced, and directed by Michael Moore, Fahrenheit 9/11 takes to the streets of America and illustrates in no uncertain terms the affects Bush’s politically motivated policies have had on again, the average working class American. As I stated above the movie opens on the aftermath of 2000 Presidential elections and the never before nationally broadcasted (except perhaps on C-SPAN) protest on the floor of the U.S. Senate by Black Representatives trying in vain to get just one Senator to join them in protesting the vote count from Florida on the day the electoral votes were to be counted. The movie recounts how members of the Congressional Black Caucus, led by Alcee Hastings, Corrine Brown (FL), Carrie Meek (FL), Eddie Bernice Johnson, Mel Watt, Sheila Jackson Lee, Maxine Waters, tried to form a quorum in an effort to stop the vote count to no avail…it was a sad commentary on how far diminished the rights of average Americans have become. The movie then cuts to scenes of Bush’s inauguration in which eggs were thrown at his car (something else not seen on national television); not exactly a ringing endorsement of the Bush Presidency.

As Fahrenheit 9/11 progresses we are treated to plenty of Bush and his administrations shortcomings as a national leaders; the failure of Bush to act decisively before, during and directly after 9/11; the ties of the Bush family to the Saudi royal family and the Bin Laden clan; the various money trails that intersect the Bush’s and the Saudi’s and the large multinational & national oil companies, and their links to Afghanistan and Iraq; the litany of lies and half truths that led us to attack a sovereign nation, and the effect that nasty little war is having on Iraqi’s and Americans alike; the unwillingness of Congressman to even speak to Moore about signing up their sons and daughters up to serve the country in our time of War.

Towards the end Fahrenheit 9/11 treats us to sobering look at Marine Corps recruiting techniques and a snapshot of a mother’s anguish as she—an admitted loyal, proud American from Moore’s hometown of Flint Michigan (a town mired in depression)—deals with the death of her son in Iraq. And she is just one of millions of average Americans who have had the Iraq War touch their lives on a more personal level.

Admittedly, Fahrenheit 9/11 is a story told through the lens of one person’s eyes, and thoughts, but the presentation of the verifiable facts he puts forth in the documentary lend considerable weigh to this viewpoint. Enough weight that the film can hardly be ignored by those capable of independent, reflective, well-reasoned thought who wish to be released from ignorance. Which is probably why Republican organizations tried so hard to keep Americans from seeing the film, and exactly why every American should see it. Does Moore embellish for effect? Yes. Does he gloss over some facts in a rapid fire motion in order to shock? Of course. A good example of this is the statement about Saudi Arabian holdings in America. He quoted a figure of some 7%, but never gave concrete examples, save one corporation, which is heavily cemented in the military industrial complex. I would have enjoyed an actual list of holding to further solidify his point.

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. Some (Republicans) have dismissed the film out of hand, calling into question the veracity of the film before viewing it; I urge them not to do so. In order for our form of government to work as the Founding Fathers intended, all citizens must be actively engaged in the process. It is our job, indeed our responsibility to question what our government does in our name. At some point we have to be able to transcend Party loyalty and put loyalty to country first, especially in the face of an Administration so obviously untrustworthy, and blind to the concerns of average Americans.

One remark by Bush towards the end of Fahrenheit 9/11 encapsulates the tenor of the film, and the sorry state of the Office of President. When asked if he thought leading was hard, Bush quipped that (and I am paraphrasing) ruling America would be easier under a dictatorship!

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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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