Your country. Your future. Your movie.
Directed by: Michael Moore
Starring: Michael Moore,
George W. Bush, Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, John Ashcroft
2004 Cosmique Movie Awards
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore presents his take on how the Bush Administration used the September 11th tragedy to help friends and allies profit, and to advance their own conservative agenda.
In addition to being nominated for a Cosmo for Best Documentary (a category that filmmaker Michael Moore won two years ago for Bowling for Columbine), Fahrenheit 9/11 has set some new records at the Cosmique Movie Awards. It's the first time that a documentary has been nominated for anything outside of the documentary category. It's the first time a politician (or any non-actor, for that matter) has been nominated for anything except a cameo. And it's the first time a documentary has been nominated for Best Film.
Although one of the nominations - for Worst Performance - is technically considered a negative nomination, somehow I don't think Michael Moore will be disappointed with George Bush's nomination in this category.
"Fahrenheit 9/11" has succeeded in breaking all records for documentaries. Michael Moore's previous film, "Bowling for Columbine" (which won the Cosmo two years ago) had set a previous record for total box office receipts for a documentary. In its opening weekend alone, "Fahrenheit 9/11" not set a record for the largest number of screens to show a documentary, and the biggest opening for any film released on under 1,000 screens, but also broke the record set by his previous film for its entire theatrical run.
Will "Fahrenheit 9/11" influence the results of the election as some have speculated? It's hard to say. Bush's conservative base likely won't switch, and may in fact be riled up. Liberals may be more energized and more likely to vote as a result. And the swing voters? The beginning of the film may be a little off-putting for some, but if they stay through the end and have a chance to witness the powerful testimony of Lila Lipscomb, a conservative patriot from Flint, Michigan whose views about the war and President Bush were changed when her own son died fighting a war that he himself was without justification, they just might be influenced.
When I saw this film, it was an early matinee on the day it opened, and every showing for the rest of the day was already sold out. Later that evening, I went to hear the annual Pride Concert, where special guest Alan Cumming sang John Lennon's "Imagine." As he sang, the images from the film came flooding back and I found myself weeping.
The film is not without some flaws, but they are relatively minor in the grand scheme of things. Most of the facts in the film are meticulously documented or at least presented by other authority figures. Opponents are already lining up their criticisms of the film. Chris Parry's rebuttal may provide the most comprehensive review of the critiques.
Overall, an extremely powerful film worth watching on the big screen.
My Rating: 10
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