Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

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Culture & Society, Documentary, Politics & Government, Social Issues, Tragedies & Catastrophes
Michael Moore Michael Moore
Ben Affleck Ben Affleck
Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder
George W. Bush George W. Bush
James Baker III James Baker III
Richard Gephardt Richard Gephardt

6.4 / 10 - Overall Rating

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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. --TMDb
Review by Chad
Added: October 07, 2004
Michael Moore, in typical fashion, goes over the Bush administration in regards to his reasons for wanting to go to war, who all is benefiting the most from it, and the effects it has on everyday people. His messages are sent through the use of newspaper headlines, news-reports, speeches, and the usual stunts (ie, asking congressmen to enlist their children in the military). Not much more to it than that, we're just treated to two hours of footage to back up his claims and ideas.

To start out this review, I'd like to point out a few things. First: I'm normally a huge fan of Moore's. I've read a few of his books, seen the movies, and read a number of articles from his site. While there's a few ideas of his that I disagree with, I agree with a large enough number to consider myself a decent-sized fan of his. Second: I despise our president, George W. Bush. I disagree with his policies, I disagree with the war, and I could care less who ends up in office for the next four years, as long as it isn't this mongrel. So, a documentary consisting of two hours of Bush-bashing done by Michael Moore should garner an instant 10/10, no need for further review... correct?

Not quite. The first (and by far the main) problem here is the way that certain issues are reiterated more than they should be. Moore will make a point that I'll agree with, then he'll say it again in different terms, then he'll put up a humorous clip to further cement his point, and finally, he'll say it again in completely different terms. This style of documentary that Moore used isn't exclusive to this film (see also: Bowling For Columbine), but in previous films, Moore kept it interesting by throwing in different facts and figures while reiterating his point. Here, we're basically seeing a carbon copy of the last scene put into different words for a rather alarming percentage of the runtime. The second problem that I had with this, was the shortage of unknown facts as opposed to earlier movies by him and similar documentary makers. While I'll admit that there was a good number of things presented here that I was unaware of (mostly numbers and small-town happenings), there was a larger number of items presented that I was already aware of prior to watching this film. By no means am I a big news-reader, but I'd venture to guess that I knew about half of the things that were brought up prior to watching this film. When you add in the previous point about the rehashing of things repeatedly, this made for more than a few moments of wanting to hit the fast-forward button.

That's not to say that this isn't worth a viewing, though. If you're thinking of putting Bush back into office, this might be something you should check out before throwing down your vote come Election Day. For those of you who rely on CBS, Fox or ABC as your sole news-source, then I'd also point this movie out as a worthy viewing experience, as it shows things that the big news-sources do not. However, if you tend to stay semi-updated on the news from a truly independent source, you'll likely find a number of scenes here to be boring as well, though the good does outweigh the bad in the long run.

Overall, it's worth the viewing, though it wasn't quite as good as I'd hoped it would be. The message is definitely a good one, and it's obvious that Moore put a lot of work into this. Though understandable, it's a shame that the production was (seemingly) too rushed in order to make it out into the public audience before election time rolls around. 7/10.
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keeb #1: keeb - added 10/21/2004, 05:05 PM
Personally, I thought that Bowling For Columbine was a better film. this film is a bit shoddy and seems to be aimed more towards dissing Bush than truly informing the public of his misdeeds. while i am by no means a Bush supporter, this film is kind of your everyday Bush-bashing image of non-repulican beliefs that the media likes to uphold. if you really want to get an idea of how the system is screwing the little guy over, i'd suggest listening to the Alex Jones show or visiting infowars.com instead of wasting your time/money on this movie. as the election approaches, i can only be sure of two things that this film taught me: 1) Michael Moore looks a bit too much like the guy who sits in front of my local liquor store all of the time and 2) no scenes of Iraq being bombed are complete unless "fire water burn" is playing in the background. I give this film a 6 for effort, a 5 for information, a 5 for quality...5.5/10.
A FIRE INSIDE #2: A FIRE INSIDE - added 10/26/2004, 12:48 AM
I don't like Moore at all. I support Bush, and i viewed this with an open-mind. I left and felt more dumb than i did before viewing the film. It's not bad, but it's actually the same information you'd get from watching CNN. C'mon now, i don't need the same things being said over and over again until my thick skull can't stand it anymore. However, i liked the flow, just not the repetitions that it had. Anyways, all in all, not a bad film for the democratics out there, but i'm betting the republicans already know that they should stay away from it. 4/10
BuryMeAlive #3: BuryMeAlive - added 04/03/2005, 03:03 PM
1. I like Moore, his tv show and books. 2. I don't like president Bush, even if I don't care that much since I don't live in the US. With that cleared up, I can say that this movie is ok. After awhile it feels like brainwash, I'm sure Bush has done something good, right? Bowling For Columbine was a great movie better filmed and more enertaing then this one.
Deadwired2 #4: Deadwired2 - added 07/03/2005, 07:04 AM
Just as much propaganda as anything on FOX.
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