Fred's No Clue Movie Review: "Bowling For Columbine"
                        A new weekly feature on indenation.com where I review a movie from my own perspective each week. 

First up, is the latest documentary film by Michael Moore

Bowling for Columbine.

    Michael Moore has created some pretty audacious films in the past that provoke thought and discussion, including Roger and Me.  He even had his own short-lived television show called ďThe Awful TruthĒ.  I admire his independent spirit and I figured Iíd give the film a look.  I was pleasantly surprised. 

    The film is chiefly about gun control but delves into corporate politics, racism, and entertainmentís effects on the minds of society.  He uses the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado as a backdrop for this debate.  He spends the movie looking for answers to why these two young men would resort to such desperate measures.  Were they influenced by the violent movies and TV shows that are churned out by Hollywood?  Was it Marilyn Mansonís music that drove them to commit murder?  Or were they just disturbed individuals that didnít get listened to when they needed someone the most?  Weíll probably never get all the answers to the questions that he raises in the movie, but it makes us all think. 

    What I loved the most about this movie is that it takes a definite stance on the issues that it raises.  He doesnít pass judgment so much as just ask why.  I was fascinated to find that he was a member of the NRA, yet didnít understand all of their methods.  He shows Charleston Heston, the national leader of the NRA, often at rallies and even gets to sit down and have a conversation with him later in the film.  He visits the Kmart headquarters in Michigan with two students who survived the Columbine shootings, asking them not to sell guns and ammo in their stores.  (The two students who did the shootings bought all their bullets at a nearby Kmart store.)  He touches often on corporate crimes and wonders why theyíre not punished by our criminal justice system just like someone who has stolen from a store.  He wonders why Canada and other nations outside of the US have lower murder rates by guns than we do.  He visits a militia group in Michigan and has discussions on gun control.  He even asks if we as a society are just living our lives according to fear.

    Now granted, he raises these questions and may unfairly ambush a few famous folks in the movie.  I think he does this to purposely embarrass those folks, but I think he feels they deserve it.  He treats everyone the same though.  No special treatment.  You donít have to agree with Mr. Moore to appreciate his efforts though.  In fact, I probably disagreed with him on many issues, but I did listen to his argument.  I got some more information for myself to better form my own opinions on the subjects.

    I came out of this movie wondering about all these issues.  I didnít come up with any concrete answers, but the mere fact that I came out thinking means something.  Maybe Iíll come up with some answers or someone else will who sees this movie.  Itíd be nice to think that we could save a few children from dying each and every day. 

    I would highly recommend seeing this movie.  It didnít just entertain me; it made me think.  That could be the highest compliment of all. 

 

For more information on this movie and Michael Moore you can visit http://www.michaelmoore.com

Send me your comments or suggestions.  Iíd love to hear them, email me at no.clue@indenation.com come back next time, until then, Iíll be at the moviesÖ

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