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Bowling for Columbine
Review by Ross Anthony

How to review this one? Whew. Michael Moore grabs his camera crew and sets out strongly to break many a middle American myth. Sometimes he succeeds, sometimes he doesn't; thankfully he has yet one other motive -- entertainment. The film is certainly fun and funny while unabashedly thought-provoking and will no doubt springboard a fiery debate with your friends and loved ones that may or may not be a good thing.

If you love Bush, think that America can do no wrong and keep that pistol loaded under your pillow - you'll probably be irked (to put it mildly) by this unbalanced documentary. If you protested against US's bullying involvement in the affairs of other nations, you'll rally after the film. I personally, don't always agree with this guy, or his one-sided methods, but, either way, I think the film is worth viewing and I'm glad he's got the gonads to make it.

Sarcastic, cynical, nonetheless darkly chipper, Moore is often unfair, rude and no doubt takes advantage of his power in the editing suite to make folly of those he disagrees with. That's too bad, he weakens his own points. As for the gun control deal: Earlier he implies poverty has nothing to with it. Later, he uses an anecdotal incident to imply the contrary via a very weak argument that the US's social welfare system is to blame for the death by gun of a six year old. He spends ten minutes on that line of thought without offering up statements made by those involved. Even after inflicting himself on Charlton Heston -- he still finds no answer for America's gun-violent demeanor. Sloppy in his quest, but sincere; it's certainly a question well worth asking.

Anecdotal and blatantly one-sided, the film still brazenly bullhorns taboo viewpoints in an America that may have momentarily forgotten how to respect that kind of thing.

  • Bowling for Columbine. Copyright © 2002.
  • Written & Directed by Michael Moore.
  • Produced by Michael Moore, Kathleen Glynn, Michael Donovan, Charles Bishop, Jim Czarnecki at Alliance Atlantis/Salter Street/Dog Eat Dog.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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