An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
|Paramount || PG - 100 minutes - $29.99 || November 21, 2006|
|Reviewer: Chris Gonzalez || Posted On: 2006-11-21|
Cast: Al Gore
Theatrical Release Date: May 24, 2006
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Reviewing a film, that really isn’t really much of a film at all, is a difficult thing to do, even when it’s a documentary. So is the case with Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. If you haven’t heard of it by now, it’s his spiel about global warming and his plea to people all over the nation (and world for that matter) to do what we can if we want to keep our planet alive.
Getting that out of the way, this is a thoroughly fascinating, insightful, demanding, rational, and clear-minded documentary. Its relatively short running time of 96 minutes is spent on Gore talking to an audience, presenting a power point slide he’s been showing around the world. While this may feel like a classroom, it is the best possible way to get the hard facts across, which are the most vital thing, as quickly as possible.
Gore is a great speaker, and his inclusion of his background and why he’s be a part of this cause only adds to the overwhelming sense of importance to the film. It adds a personal dimension and creates a situation in its opening moments that anyone can identify with.
This is a remarkably important film. It’s not important because it does things in a different way or has any noteworthy scenes, it’s important because this may THE issue of our times, and it’s getting very little attention. It’s so important in fact that I think the four broadcast companies should play this film at the same time on one evening. It’s so important that the studio should be giving it away for free. People need to see these facts.
Gore pulls very few punches and presents a plethora of graphs, testimonials, and scientific research that cannot be negated. Its message is clear, it speaks loudly to us all, and it’s hard to imagine anyone not being moved to change their life in one way or another after seeing it. It also represents one of my favorite facets of film- the power to deal with relevant issues, bring them to the people, and make them consider things they hadn’t before. The film defies a rating because like I said, it’s not much of a movie, so I’ll rate it in terms of how important it is that you watch it at least once.
Catching up with Al Gore - This feature runs 33 minutes and basically just uses everything Gore presented in the film and updates the information based on data that was released since the film was filmed and the DVD released. It touches on some topics that have recently developed and weren’t brought up in the film like Oceanic Acidification. It’s just more of the same, but just as interesting and vital as the film.
Commentaries - There are two commentaries from producers Laurie David, Lawrence Bender, Scott Z. Burns and Lesley Chilcott, and another one from director Davis Guggenheim. These tracks are only really interesting if you want to know how the film was made and put together. All major information comes from the film itself.
Music Video - It’s a music video for Melissa Etheridge's "I Need To Wake Up" which plays over the films closing credits. It features Etheridge playing the song and it inter-cuts clips, facts, and pictures from the film. She makes many dramatic faces…good times.
The Making of An Inconvenient Truth - This 17 minute feature discusses how the stage where the film takes place was built and designed. It’s told by director Davis Guggenheim on a handheld camera. There’s footage of Gore preparing for the filming and the whole process coming together. Nothing too captivating, but it’s certainly nice that they included it.
.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.
A more than suitable transfer. It’s not close to perfect- a bit soft, grainy in sections, and just made for TV looking, but this is basically just a filmed speech, and everything comes across fine, so I see little reason to complain. Fine picture for what is needed.
The same exact sentiment can be expressed towards the audio as the video. While the opening scene has some nice sound effects to put you in the right frame of mind, the rest is basically Gore speaking. And surprise surprise, you can hear him just fine the entire way through.
When an overall score is given, it’s basically a mean of all the areas a disc has, and then judging how much of a must-have the DVD is or not. In that regard, I’m going to say this disc is the most important thing you’ll see all year, so video, audio, and extras aside, you need to pick this up, at least as a renter.