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AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH

SYNOPSIS:
In the wake of defeat in the 2000 election, former US Vice President Al Gore re-set the course of his life to focus on an all-out effort to help save the planet from irrevocable change. In his "traveling global warming show," Gore presents scientific research that provides unarguable proof that mankind is contributing to nature's work in warming the planet to dangerous levels and action needs to be taken. He maintains - and demonstrates - that it's not a political issue, but a moral imperative.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Yeah, I buy it. Al Gore is persuasive and passionate about his subject, his slide show being a polished but serious presentation that joins the dots in a way that defies argument. If, after this film, you still doubt that global warming is a threat and that we are contributing to it, you must be stubborn beyond redemption. Gore is inspired here, a man on a crusade that slide by slide and impassioned remark by remark drives home the inconvenient truth about global warming. It's an alarming scenario so calling him alarmist really misses the point.

Charismatic and personable, Gore looks like Presidential material, more so than he ever did on the hustings. Director Davis Guggenheim inserts a few intimate introspections that come close to cloying but are saved by Gore's obvious emotional sincerity. Some concern his own family tragedies or near tragedies, and give texture and weight to what he so obviously believes.

Thoroughly detailed, An Inconvenient Truth resonates with apposite observations about the human condition; like a quote here and there, such as Mark Twain's wisecrack, "What gets us into trouble is not what we don't know, it's what we know for sure that just ain't so."

The film is a record of one such slide show, interspersed with the private footage, and he reveals that he has presented this 'show' more than a thousand times. He is determined to take his message to every town, every family, every soul willing to listen, not just across America but the world. That kind of passion is infectious.

Review by Louise Keller:
We've all heard about global warming, but how much do we actually know about it? What is it? What causes it? What do the experts say and what can we do about it? Everything we always wanted to know about global warming but were too afraid to ask is canvassed by former US Vice-President Al Gore, in An Inconvenient Truth, a riveting documentary that intelligently informs in a tangible but entertaining way.

Gore is articulate and passionate about the subject, as he presents facts and figures about changing weather patterns, environmental and ecological issues. He speaks to live audiences with well practised pragmatism delivering his slide show presentation; there are graphs, imagery and even cartoons to illustrate his points. But he does not stand on any soap box. Far from it. This is an issue that affects us all, and the subject matter is fascinating. He equates the earth's atmosphere with a coat of varnish, which becomes thickened by greenhouse gases increased by carbon dioxide levels. The impact of diminishing snow on the peaks of Kilimanjaro, for example indicates the speed in the process of global warming, and unless responsible action is taken, land mass all over the world will become submerged. As the oceans become warmer, the intensity of storms, hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones increases. Floods and droughts as well.

Gore is surprisingly charismatic and in the news footage from the 2000 Presidential race against George W. Bush, we cannot help but wonder of consequences had the result been different. Even more surprisingly, he shows himself to be vulnerable, as he describes how his outlook changed after the accident involving his six year old son. His older sister's death to lung cancer also impacted on him greatly.

'Political will is a renewable commodity,' says Gore, who strongly believes this is a moral issue. Call to action is not left for the politicians, however. As the credits roll, we are shown how everyone is some small way, can help to help ourselves in this most inconvenient truth. Plant a tree, buy energy efficient appliances and as the African proverb says, 'when you pray, move your feet.'

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AL GORE INTERVIEW

AN INCONVIENT TRUTH (PG)
(US, 2006)

CAST: Documentary featuring Al Gore.

PRODUCER: Lawrence Bender, Scott Burns, Laurie David

DIRECTOR: Davis Guggenheim

SCRIPT: Al Gore

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Bob Richman

EDITOR: Dan Swietlik, Jay Lash Cassidy

MUSIC: Michael Brook

PRODUCTION DESIGN: n/a

RUNNING TIME: 100 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: September 14, 2006







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