Review : Fahrenheit 9/11

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Just in time to cash in on the contentious political fervor of the impending presidential election, Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 has been released in DVD. The already incendiary documentary arrives substantially augmented with an interview of a Marine Corporal, 3 featurettes, and a
half-dozen deleted scenes, including one shot outside Abu Ghraib prison.

Fahrenheit 9/11 is an unrelenting and unapologetic documentary condemning the President for the quagmire in Iraq. If it's prevailing theses are to be believed, George Bush is a crook who not only fixed the election that brought him to power, but a lout who preferred to waste his days golfing and
fishing while lazily ignoring all the warning signs of the impending Al-Qaida attack of 9/11.
       
Worse, after the planes hits the Twin Towers, the picture suggests that he deliberately did nothing, choosing to sit in a classroom reading to school kids rather than to protect the country as commander-in-chief. Then, while every other plane in America was grounded, he is accused of allowing over 100 Saudis, many named bin Laden, to leave without being questioned by the
authorities. Why, because the Bush family had been funneled over a billion
dollars in bribes by the House of Saud.
 
If only half of what Mr. Moore insinuates is true, the country wouldn't even wait for the election to bounce Bush from office. So, the question is whether the film is a slanted, slickly-edited propaganda piece, an overdue expose’ by an American patriotic, or simply a little of both?
 
Decide for yourself, though one’s degree of enjoyment will depend on the degree to which you share the director’s political persuasion. Certainly, Fahrenheit 9/11 is more damaging to the Bush image than anything yet concocted by either Al-Jazeera or the DNC.

Excellent (4 stars)
Rated R for bloody battle scenes, including disturbing scenes of wounded,
dead and desecrated bodies, and profanity.

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