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FILM 180002 Review of Bowling for Columbine Dir Michael Moore From an hilarious cartoon on the history of the United States to a deeply moving memorial of the Columbine Highschool shooting incident Bowling for Columbine tells through humor and brutal facts a story that Americans need to hear Directed produced and written by Michael Moore this documentary is a fair and convincing account of gun violence in the United States The documentary is a two-and-a-half hour quest we take with Moore as he moves from place to place in search of the question Why are Americans so violent with each other Rather than seeming to have an answer already in mind Moore appears open-minded The only real persuasion that seems to fuel the film is the suggestion that Americans need to be inquisitive of themselves and of their culture they should want to know the truth and they should be aware of the lies and fear promoted through politics and the media Thus while the film reflects a bias towards gun restriction and against the NRA it comes off as mostly objective First of all Moore pulls off this sense of objectivity from the very start by explaining his affiliation with the NRA When he was a kid he explains he loved to shoot having received an NRA marksmanship award In fact when Moore visits NRA president Charlton Heston he mentions that even now he is a life-long member This is a smart move since the NRA seems to stand out as a villain in the film Since I assume Moore wants to persuade rather than merely tell the people on his side what they want to hear it is a wise decision on his part to seem a friend who is later betrayed by the NRA rather than outright bashing the organization Moore lets the people he interviews and the facts speak for themselves For instance while exploring
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