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Bowling For Columbine (2002)

DVD Cover (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
Genres:
Culture & Society, Documentary, Law & Crime, Social Issues
Director:
Michael Moore Michael Moore
Starring:
Michael Moore Michael Moore
Salvador Allende Salvador Allende
Jacobo Arbenz Jacobo Arbenz
Mike Bradley Mike Bradley
Arthur A. Busch Arthur A. Busch

7.5 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Political documentary filmmaker Michael Moore explores the circumstances that lead to the 1999 Columbine High School massacre and, more broadly, the proliferation of guns and the high homicide rate in America. In his trademark provocative fashion, Moore accosts Kmart corporate employees and pleads with them to stop selling bullets, investigates why Canada doesn't have the same excessive rate of gun violence and questions actor Charlton Heston on his support of the National Rifle Association. --IMDb
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Review by Chad
Added: May 26, 2004
This documentary, presented by Michael Moore in the style that only Moore can bring us, deals with the topics of gun-control in the United States and the general feeling of fear in the average American. Why do we, as Americans, kill more people than every other country on the planet by quite the large percentage? We have over 11,000 deaths every year due to handguns, while the next highest number is just over 300 deaths in Germany. Moore goes through all of the arguments as to why this is the case, and basically shoots them all down with cold hard facts. For example, one person said it's due to the fact that media here, such as movies, games and music, is so violent and that results in violence in the masses. Well, why isn't this the case in other countries? They watch the same movies, play the same games, and listen to the same bands. Moore goes through this rationale and quite a few others, shooting them down. Finally, he attempts to answer the question himself. If it's not any of these things causing all of the killing, what is it? Moore believes that it's a result of the media causing fear for ratings on the nightly news, and goes through several arguments validating his statements.

Now, my thoughts on this documentary. I believe it's a very nice piece of work, and has a lot of solid points going throughout. Some people don't like Moore's stance on things, or don't like his approach to things. If you fit into that category, you might as well avoid this one as well, as it's in the same style as the rest of his works. However, if you've never seen or read anything by him before, you should definitely give him a chance. He does a really good job of exposing things that you won't see on the nightly news or read about in the morning papers, but he does it in such a way that isn't boring or full of padding to kill some time. You'll learn a lot of things through his work, and enjoy doing so... quite the hard task for anyone to accomplish, I'd say.

Not a whole lot more than can be said about this, as it's a documentary and not an actual movie. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the two hours I spent watching it, and I think quite a few other people would as well. 10/10 from myself.
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compoundwhore #1: compoundwhore - added 08/18/2004, 05:01 AM
I like it
Deadwired2 #2: Deadwired2 - added 08/18/2004, 11:59 PM
There's no mystery to why, and I'm surprised no one in the movie said so. America is one of the central hot-spots for drug activity, even though it's illegal, which is alone half the problem. The other half is because America is an amalgam of nations. There's no real minority here anymore, and the clash of race contributes to alot of it as well. Not to mention, America's style of capitalism is set up to correlate with the phrase, "Behind every great fortune is a great crime."
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