Friday, September 29, 2006
An Inconvenient Truth
Give us a little while longer, and the whole planet will either be dead or refugees of our own making.
Such is the message of Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth'.
Yes, the 'little while longer' is more in the vein of fifty years, but to summarise Gore, a lot of things can happen very suddenly, and if we don't do something now, there'll be no way to stop these sudden events further into the future.
Following former presidential candidate Al Gore's compaign to inform the world of the damage that's being done to the earth through global warming, Gore's message is rather one of optimism than despair. The graphs and images he uses to set up the problem are frightening rather than lecture-hall tedium, and as he deconstructs the myths about our effect on the environment, a true story begins to emerge. Yes, we can make a difference - and the revelation is somewhere between frightening and uplifting.
The personal anecdotes are symbolic rather than soppy, and rather than get overly angry and irritating (a la Michael Moore), Gore's commentary is heartfelt, bold, and consistent.
Bugger The Omen - THIS is the most frightening film you'll see all year.