Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.
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Following up on 'Bowling for Columbine', film-maker Michael Moore provides deep and though-provoking insights on the American security system, the level of paranoia, fear, uncertainty, false values and patriotism, which all combined together to set a stage for George W. Bush to launch a war on Iraq instead of focusing on getting the real culprit(s) behind the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This documentary also focuses on how some Saudis were safely and secretly flown out of America while planes were ostensibly grounded after the attacks. Archived film footage, candid interviews with politicians, and an overall waste of public funds for a war that was initiated on false pretension to wit: a weapon of mass distraction - to take the focus away from the real enemy and get Americans glued to their TV sets to watch innocent Iraqis and Afghans getting killed. And a war that would eventually alienate the U.S.A. and it's citizens from almost every country on Earth. Written by
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First off, I am a big fan of Michael Moore's film making. At his worst was his A&E TV series, 'The Awful Truth', which was still good but not great. At his best, was 'Roger and Me' and 'Bowling for Columbine'. Particularly, the latter.
Farenheit 9/11 is more in the flavor of the TV series. It doesn't come close to matching the greatness of his two prior movies. Basically, Farenheit 9/11 is a collection of TV news clips, most of them out of context, put together in such a way to suggest his point of view. Despite his attempts, I just found the connections he was trying to make via film far-fetched in some cases. Frankly, I found it boring and I kept looking at my watch all the way through.
However, none of this is saying that I disagree with the essence of what he is trying to say, I just disagree with the way he's saying it. Everybody I've talked to has told me that they thought it was amazing and an important film to see. Of course, this always seems to happen to me. A movie gets high reviews and I go in to the theater with too high of expectations. I was just let down a lot.
The worst part of the film was the TV clips, which were a good part of the movie. They weren't cleaned up a bit, they were blurry, and should have been "re-mastered" for the wide theater screen. It was as if my next door neighbor went out with his hand-held video camera and shot it. A very amatuer type look all the way through, which yes, Michael's films have been known for, but this was just too visually poor for the most part.
Supporting most, if not all of what Michael is trying to say here politically, I feel he didn't do the cause any justice. I believe I heard on the radio that George Bush's re-election campaign was asked if they were concnerned about this movie being released so close to the election, and their reply was something to the effect that the movie was so far-fetched that most people would dismiss it. And despite it's poor quality as a film, there's enough subject matter there to get people thinking and to sway some votes against Bush when it's all said and done. For that and that alone, I applaud Michael. It's a shame I can't applaud him for the reasons that matter, such as filmaking quality.
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