George W. Bush
Oscar winning documentarian Michael Moore looks into the US
Government's policies after the devastating attacks on September 11th, 2001.
Through revealing testimony, video evidence and detailed research, he exposes
the possibility of the fact that the Bush Administration might have used
the tragedy to fuel their own agenda of finishing what his father started
by invading Iraq.
Dowsed in controversy, political statements and grave indictments
against the current Government, Michael Moore strives to make American people
aware of what is going on in their country and the consequences of their
This is no-holds-barred, in your face material that pulls
no punches when it comes to telling the US citizens the real motivations
behind the fight against terror. Moore doesn't shy away from showing footage
of what could be disturbing and not show the country he lives in and loves
in the best light.
Starting with the "election" of George W. Bush to the office
of the President, Moore takes you through his first eight months in the
White House, most of which he spent on holiday, to the moment the second
plane hit the World Trade Centre. In a brilliantly understated remembrance
of that terrible event, a black screen with sounds from the attack relying
the terror and then the reactions of witnesses, Moore cuts to Bush's reaction
to the news at the time of great crisis. This is when the film grabs you
and doesn't let go.
From here on in we are shown how the propaganda machine was
turned up to maximum, as the Bush Administration saw this as a chance to
push forward with their own political agenda. From invasion of Afghanistan
to the liberation of Iraq from Saddam's tyrannical regime, the documentary
tries to expose the true reasons behind the military action and the consequences
of these policies.
To achieve this Moore refrains from this usual in your face
style and spends little time on screen. He lets his footage speak for him,
offering a simple but powerful narration to piece the evidence together.
The material is evidence enough and instantly makes you take notice of what
he is trying to say but there are a few things missing.
By taking more of a backseat to the footage, the movie loses
some of Moore's usual confrontational style. The film is more of a political
statement than an exposť as we only ever see the Democrat side of the actions.
He doesn't try and interview any Republican representatives, even just to
get any kind of reaction to his evidence, making the movie seem very one
sided. Yes the evidence is compelling but you have to inject some objectivity
into your arguments.
Fahrenheit 9/11 is a powerful documentary that all Americans,
whatever their political allegiances, should see. Michael Moore has gathered
together some damming evidence against the current policies of the US Government
but it is the way he highlights how the escalating problems in occupied
Iraq is affecting the families of US servicemen and women stationed there.
This is when the movie is at its most powerful as it makes you think that
whatever the reasons for going to war, there are always consequences in
The 'Fahrenheit 9/11' film
From Iraq: The eve of the invasion
Outside Abu Ghraib prison Eyewitness account
From Washington: Rose Garden press briefing Condoleeza Rice's 9/11 testimony
Lila Lipscomb at the Washington DC premiere
Additional Footage: 'Career Gear' featurette
Homeland security: Miami style
Extended interview with Abdul Henderson
Kudos youth group
The Music: Soundtrack to war
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