Loose Change (2006)

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An exploration of the viewpoint that the September 11, 2001 attacks were planned by the United States government. --IMDb
Review by Chad
Added: May 25, 2006
We all know what happened on September 11th, 2001... or do we? By all accounts, terrorists hijacked planes and flew them into both the World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon itself, an attack that was orchestrated by Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden. What if that's not what really happened; what if the whole thing was pulled off by the American government for their own nefarious purposes? That is the question that director Dylan Avery asks in this documentary.

This documentary and the questions behind it are presented by showing various segments from news reports (FOX News, CNN, etc), declassified papers from the government, and quotes from various people in high-power positions. Much like Michael Moore, Avery merely displays the information and asks the viewers at home to come to their own conclusions... and also like Moore, Avery injects his own questions and observations into the mix now and then.

Normally, when I write reviews on a documentary such as this, I point out some of the arguments found in the feature presentation to give you readers a taste of what to expect; however, I won't do that for this review. This is because you can go to the official movie site and read every last bit of information presented in this documentary, and you can even go to their other site to watch the movie in its entirety. If you look at the "Evidence" section of the first linked site, you'll see everything found in this movie; the only difference to be found between the site and the actual film is that instead of pictures accompanying the text, you'll see the actual videos and hear the spoken dialog.

With that in mind, let's get right down to the presentation of this material. Some parts of this movie tended to drag on for far too long, such as the scene in which mathematical formulas are shown that "prove" the argument in question, or the repeated clips of witnesses claiming that an explosion went off prior to or after the planes hit the building. While I can see why this material was included, I think that some better editing would have made things much more enjoyable; watching three people say that they heard explosions is sufficient, we don't need to see ten people saying the same thing.

Another thing that bugged me about the presentation of this material is the constant use of hip-hop beats throughout the running-time. From nearly start to finish, we get to listen to music that sounds like it should be coming from 50 Cent's latest album, and in my view, this is hardly appropriate for a documentary such as this. I can't exactly say what sort of music would be appropriate, but the musical backing found here would definitely be at the end of my personal list of choices. Also, I hate to talk bad about people in indie presentations such as this, but something has to be said in this case. Director Dylan Avery narrates most of the material here, and while this type of narration is needed in a documentary such as this, his delivery style definitely needed an overhaul. Although we don't see him, it's blatantly obvious that he is reading his lines off of a paper, and while this is expected, it's the tone of voice that hurts things. When he asks the audience a question along the lines of "hmm, what do you think?", it's like listening to someone read a high-school presentation to the class - the pronunciation is there, the sentences are clear, but it's quite apparent that there is no emotion in the voice. I know that there was emotion involved since he went through the trouble of putting together the movie in the first place, but perhaps he should have handed narration duties off to someone else.

However, with those presentation gripes out of the way, I will say that this was a thought-provoking documentary, and I'll also say that it's well worth a viewing. While I'm sure that there was some quote-mining going on and I'm positive that we only saw the evidence that supported his claims, the sheer amount of government cover-ups and backtracking found here leads me to believe that we, the American people, are most likely being lied to. Watch the movie and come to your own conclusions; while there are some serious presentation faults, the material found within more than makes up for it. 7/10.
Ginose #1: Ginose - added 07/07/2007, 08:08 PM
Thought provoking, yes. This film made me think. But as I thought, I slowly stated to break it down. Bullshit. I went through the evidence presented in this "documentary" and retreived far more false facts than true ones. I applaud these college boys ability to use a computers video editing software to make things look like a conspiracy, but doesn't change the facts. However this is meant to be a review of the documentary, not the bulshit it pushed. Above all, I'm going to give this movie an 8/10. Why? Because for a documentary to put forth so much bull and yet have nearly everyone whose seen itbleive it beyond the doubt of research impresses me... hard. I agree. This was a very well-made documentary. That's that.
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