An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

June 15, 2008 § Leave a comment

Al Gore has made a documentary here that’s as urgent as it is reasonable, as clear and accessible as it is engaging. Some of the myths about global warming — such as the idea that scientists are in disagreement about it — are struck down, and the clarity here is wonderful, though I hope not too late. Some of the demonstrations make it clear just how many people would be dislocated by global warming, and just how uninhabitable the world will be, including one chilling scene that shows how much land, currently populated by millions, will be underwater, even if portions of Greenland and the Antarctic (already showing tremendous signs of stress) were to melt. This includes parts of Manhattan and the world trade centre memorial site. He stresses that there’s hope, in terms of taking on the climate crisis, but we must act now, and the DVD has a half-hour update with Gore, made since the theatrical release of the film.

It’s true that Gore talks about his own personal history a little, but I simply saw it as a way to break up the film so that he isn’t throwing statistics at the viewer the whole time. Having seen it in the theatre, I still plan to buy a copy just to loan around to my friends, and another one to put in the office for people to sign out. Film critic Roger Ebert comment that in decades of reviewing he’s never written these words before, but “You owe it to yourself to see this film.”

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