BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE
It is through Michael Moore's determination to make us hear his message that he makes us look into the mirror and discover that we are not who we think we are. He shows us the culture of violence and fear that is pervasive in America.
Review by Darrel Manson


BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE
(2002)


This page was created on November 20, 2002
This page was last updated on May 23, 2005


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Click to enlargeDirected and written by Michael Moore

Michael Moore .... Himself
Arthur A. Busch .... Himself
George W. Bush .... Himself (archive footage)
Dick Clark (I) .... Himself
Barry Galsser .... Himself
Charlton Heston .... Himself
Marilyn Manson .... Himself
John Nichols (IV) .... Himself
Chris Rock .... Himself (archive footage)
Matt Stone .... Himself
Seth Collins .... Himself (uncredited)
Budd Dwyer .... Himself (uncredited) (archive footage)
Brandon T. Jackson .... Himself (uncredited)

Produced by
Charles Bishop .... producer
Jim Czarnecki .... producer
Michael Donovan .... producer
Kurt Engfehr .... co-producer
Kathleen Glynn .... producer
Tia Lessin .... line producer
Michael Moore .... producer
Wolfram Tichy .... executive producer
Rehya Young .... coordinating producer

Original Music by Jeff Gibbs

Cinematography by Brian Danitz and Michael McDonough

Film Editing by Kurt Engfehr

MPAA: Rated R for some violent images and language.
Runtime: 120 min / USA:119 min
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SYNOPSIS
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"Bowling for Columbine" is an alternately humorous and horrifying film about the United States. It is a film about the state of the Union, about the violent soul of America. Why do 11,000 people die in America each year at the hands of gun violence? The talking heads yelling from every TV camera blame everything from Satan to video games. But are we that much different from many other countries? What sets us apart? How have we become both the master and victim of such enormous amounts of violence? This is not a film about gun control. It is a film about the fearful heart and soul of the United States, and the 280 million Americans lucky enough to have the right to a constitutionally protected Uzi.

"Bowling for Columbine" was the first documentary film accepted into competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 46 years. The Cannes jury unanimously awarded it the 55th Anniversary Prize. From a look at the Columbine High School security camera tapes to the home of Oscar-winning NRA President Charlton Heston, from a young man who makes homemade napalm with The Anarchist's Cookbook to the murder of a six-year-old girl by another six-year-old, "Bowling for Columbine" is a journey through America, and through our past, hoping to discover why our pursuit of happiness is so riddled with violence.

Review by
DARREL MANSON BLOG
Pastor, Artesia Christian Church, Artesia, CA
http://netministries.org/see/churches/ch01198
Darrel has an incredible love and interest in the cinematic arts. His reviews usually include independent and significantly important film.

A few months ago, I began growing a beard. It's been there awhile now, but still when I get up in the morning, the first look in the mirror is a surprise. I know it's there, but it isn't really a part of the image I have of myself. (Besides being clean-shaven, that image is also younger and thinner.)

We all have those kinds of images that aren't necessarily accurate. An addict or alcoholic may well have an image that they are in control of their life, even though everyone else sees differently. It often takes someone to be bold enough to force them to look at themselves before they realize their problem.

Click to enlargeMichael Moore holds up a mirror to American culture. The mirror shows us a lot about ourselves that we may be surprised to see, even though we know it's there. Moore is known for doing in-your-face documentaries. He takes the camera to corporate offices and demands attention. In Bowling for Columbine he takes the camera into a bank that gives away guns with new accounts, to exercises of the Michigan Militia, into the empty Columbine High School, even into Charlton Heston's home. But what is most disturbing is that he is in our face as a society. And it isn't easy to look at ourselves as he reveals us to be.

Click to enlargeEven though Bowling for Columbine is a documentary, it should be noted that there is a definite bias. (Not surprising, Moore isn't a reporter, he is a filmmaker and uses the medium to share his message.) But the bias is transparent. We know throughout that he is putting this together to move us. In fact, there are times when the slant is so obvious it moves into the realm of satire (especially in his cartoon version of American History).

Click to enlargeIt is through his determination to make us hear his message that he makes us look into the mirror and discover that we are not who we think we are. He shows us the culture of violence and fear that is pervasive in America. He does not allow us merely to indict gun owners or inattentive parents or video games or Marilyn Manson. Instead, we see that there are many forces at work, but a key element is our own insecurity in the world.

In ancient Israel, the prophets often were called upon to show Israel its true identity. Perhaps if Amos had a camera, he would have been very similar to Michael Moore. Israel, like America, much preferred its own image of itself. But God (and God's prophets) called Israel to face the facts of their errors and their failings. Looking in that mirror was never easy. Looking in the mirror Moore forces us to look into is not easy either. But perhaps by looking we may begin to see ways to bring ourselves back to what we should be.

Click to enlargeAn important note: This film includes some serious violence. There is archival footage of the attack at Columbine, the planes crashing into the World Trade Center, and actual scenes of killings with guns, including a very brief clip of a suicide. Viewers should be prepared to be assaulted with many images and ideas.

Click to enlargeIn spite of this violence, Bowling for Columbine often elicits laughs from the audience. The comic sections help to make the rest palatable. Moore has masterfully blended various elements of our culture into this picture. It is enough wild ride to qualify as entertainment. But it is important because it forces us to look at our culture and see some of the serious flaws that lead to tragedies.
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