An Inconvenient Truth presents the collision between civilization and mother earth, the fast track of the world economy vs. the environment, and the eye-popping gold bars vs. the fate of the planet. More than any doom-and-gloom story made for the big screen, this film grips a haunting message that every people in the world should really take seriously. Its important message needs to be heard. And for all the positive and negative things about this film, any sane person would agree to me when I say that the very essence of this film is an urgent call to action to every person in the world – and we are running out of time.
Al Gore’s green documentary presents vital facts and conclusions through alarming charts, shocking images, and dramatic bits of personal life stories. The film’s impact overcomes any discomfort with a politician being the central character of the story. Director Davis Guggenheim bravely weaves the science of global warming with bits of Gore’s personal history and commitment to the environment. The film’s totality clearly becomes a major public announcement appealing to every person’s conscience about the fatal and the irreversible effects of global warming. It lays out the facts and the striking conclusions about the serious subject matter in a serious but charming, funny, and engaging style. And by the end of the film, the viewers are nothing less than struck by the destructive natural forces relentlessly affecting the earth – which are all due to our own misdoings and abusive acts against the environment.
This film becomes a 96-minute political ad to promote Al Gore (side-tripping on Gore’s family history and his personal and political life to incorporate a simple story within the laid out facts about global warming). But by the end of the film, I have my mind pondering: even if Gore is polishing his own image for his political ambitions through the propaganda he acquires from this film, and regardless of how any other person feels about this politician, this film has an ultimate message, and Gore’s arguments have force, and he uses this film to promote something more than himself. The film’s message is utterly convincing and emotionally powerful. The film becomes a well-reasoned, clearly-proven, and engaging documentary about the grave, distressing, and apocalyptic effects of global warming to the world we live in.
Whether or not I or anyone else get consciously or unconsciously affected by the political motives of the film, what matters most is that it effectively captures our hearts and consciences for a seriously persuasive call to action to stop the ill effects of the constantly rising temperature causing worldwide melting of the polar caps and glaciers and the abnormally changing climate and weather conditions in the various areas of the world causing catastrophic events, disease, epidemic, and death. It would probably be best to ignore the film’s political subtext and simply concentrate on its alarming message – and become constantly vigilant about it.
An Inconvenient Truth is a fine example of making good use of power and influence for the greater good. And just like the United Nations asking Hollywood superstars to be their ambassadors and celebrities making their own foundations for charity causes, the larger, positive effects of this film becomes more validating and absorbing than the issues of shameless promotion, personal fame, and political success. This absorbing documentary pushes a message that every human being of sound mind cannot ignore. Its surprising mountain of scientific data creates the larger picture clearer – and igniting worthy discussions and acts of commitment to a subject that is consuming our mother earth and ourselves.
This is a movie that becomes more and more striking by bringing in more hard data and charts to lay out its conflicts and its convictions more clearly. It doesn’t bore amidst the dense of information presented like a school lecture. And amidst its lacking aesthetics considering a film is an art form, the bad sound (though Gore’s lines are still quite understandable) and its other cinematic missteps are overcome by its engaging, universal message that are far less than alarming. Dry as it is, this film evokes something devastating and startling for anyone who watches it. Indeed, the truth in this film aren’t just inconvenient, they are undeniably scary.
The film is more suspenseful than many thrillers, more emotional than many tear-jerkers, and scarier than many horror flicks – all of these delivered on the big screen by one guy talking. And more than the millions of dollars in locations, extras, and special effects allotted for epic films, the torrents of scientific data, eye-opening graphs, and compelling lines of one man promoting a greatly alarming case that tells every one of us how our actions are affecting the planet make more impact in this more than an hour of moving picture warning mankind of what possible future we can have. It clearly shows that we are both the villains and victims of the story. And for its call to action, its ultimate message still brings hope and emphasizes the duty of every citizen of the world to stop global warming and save everyone’s future.
An Inconvenient Truth is a film we can ignore only at our own peril. The dissemination of its urgent message should be encouraged. It is a film with impassioned moral drive for an ultimately alarming environmental concern. And more than making it an educational tool or acknowledging it with a documentary film award, its very essence makes us hope of a brighter future ahead if we act now.
The motivated sense of morality and environmental concern has found an outlet in An Inconvenient Truth. It is truly a mind-boggling disaster epic that says that the changing weather patterns have the largest impact more than bombs in war films. Just like any art work, essay, poem, song, thesis, or dissertation, filmmaking for this kind of cause proves to make a big difference. And as a filmmaker myself, it touches me with the firm belief that such a film can bring a good change. It makes me think of the next films I will make. As a writer, it makes me think of the future stories and articles I will write about. And as a citizen of the world, it makes me think of my means of throwing garbage without harming nature and creating an imbalance to the ecosystem. It also makes me think of the more important things other than my personal needs and aspirations amidst my being a struggling middle class artist in dire need of stable income – this film strikes me to become a more responsible human being. And this cautionary tale is definitely more relevant than acquiring a wonderful life from high salaries and business income, and fighting terrorism and initiating wars that further pollute minds, hearts, and the environment.
Acting against the climate crisis and the tremendously increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere causing global warming is nothing more than life-changing. It is very clear now that we face a deepening global environmental crisis that requires everyone of us to act wisely, quickly, and vigilantly. If we come to think of it, we don’t actually need too much reminders already, because for all these years, we have been feeling the various ill effects of global warming already. We see and hear about tragedies relating to it on films, TV, newspapers, radio, and blogs. But just like the frog presented in the film as a comparison to the people’s reaction to alarming situations, at most times, we need to get that sudden jolt to make our eyes wide open and make us act. And ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ becomes a stern warning and a call to arms to save the world from ignorance and inaction, and most of all, save the world from the fatal effects of global warming.
What can a person do right now to help stop global warming? What can we do? We know lots of ways to act responsibly. It’s just that, we don’t easily want to give up our conveniences. I don’t have to enumerate any of them. We see and hear them everywhere. And our common sense gives us everything we need to know.
Global warming is a crisis that is rapidly accelerating along with the planet’s population, the waste products of every household, the global economy, and science and technology. Global warming is real, and we are all responsible for it. We can all do something about it. We just have to change our lifestyles and sacrifice certain conveniences for the good of all.
We have to hurry because time is running out. And we should all remember that our acts are more powerful than carbon dioxide.