A rather distressing movie experience, Al Gore's documentary on the coming end of the world has been met with almost unanimously positive reviews. An enhanced movie version of a slideshow Gore has given thousands of times, it shows why global warming is real, relevant, and can lead to disastrous consequences if left unchecked.
Of course, it's all stuff you've heard before; stuff the hippies have been pandering for decades. Temperatures are rising, the ice caps are melting, the climate is changing, and unless we're willing to make some sacrifices, it's going to get a lot worse. In An Inconvenient Truth, Gore presents those ideas to the public in an altogether alarming fashion, with footage of everything from glaciers melting to polar bears drowning to Hurricane Katrina. And he's not just spouting BS either; Gore's got the figures to back up the visuals, with facts and graphs and fancy little charts of greenhouse gases and global temperatures, as well as computer models of how the next few years will be even worse. An avid environmentalist, Gore delivers his message passionately and with great enthusiasm, and after watching the film it's apparent that he really does care about the cause he's representing.
As far as documentaries go, this one was top-notch, a film you should probably see if you get the chance. At the same time, however, don't expect a completely unbiased cinematic experience. Gore manages to insert some irrelevant politics and life details into the presentation, and frequently neglects to cite his sources. Also, his computer-generated data is of dubious credibility, as given the inability of computer models to reliably predict weather more than a week in advance, I seriously doubt they are able to accurately simulate the global climate five years from now. That said, this movie still has a solid grounding in fact, and personally it has greatly strengthened my belief in global warming as an actual occurrence.
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An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
Starring Al Gore as himself
Directed by Davis Guggenheim
Produced by Lawrence Bender, Scott Burns, Scott Z. Burns, Lesley Chilcott, Davis Guggenheim, Laurie Lennard, and Jeff Skoll
Running time: 100 min.