BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE (Theater Release USA 2002)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 2.3|5.0 Starsìì

Bowling for Columbine needs strengthening of argument in order be an A-grade documentary. Good argumentation gives short presentation to the other side of the discussion. Moore seems to fail to do that which makes this documentary troubling in that it works like an emotionally driven witch hunt/hang 'em high without judicial review rather than balancing that emotional drive with depth of thought. While it is exceptionally difficult to intellectually work with a subject as volatile as the Columbine event, it is still a necessary component to bring the completely irrational into some type of rational analysis in order to obtain a series of possible tactics to prevent repetition of this event in other venues. Moore seems determined to place blame. It seems shallow to place blame and shame where he placed it. He fails to properly find the root and thus sets up perpetuation of this event rather than elimination of this event. 

Storyline

Michael Moore vents outrage on the Columbine School shooting incident.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Michael Moore for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Wolfram Tichy for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Narrator (Michael Moore), Himself (Salvador Allende), Himself (Jacobo Arbenz), Himself (Mike Bradley), Himself (Arthur A. Busch), Himself (George Bush), Himself (George W. Bush), Himself (Michael Caldwell), Himself (Richard Castaldo), Himself (Dick Clark), Himself (Bill Clinton), Himself (Steve Davis), Himself (Ngo Dinh Diem), and Himself (Mike Epstein).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

No. The film seems not well thought out and the math statistics do not compute well. The full focus is on a piece of metal that has no independent motility while refusing to analyze deeper human issues.

Ben Meyers

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