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Fahrenheit 911
Short plot summary

This documentary investigates the George W Bush presidency and argues that it used the 911 attacks to increase fear at home so that it could pursue a pre-planned strategy of imposing American power abroad for the benefit of American business interests, including those of the Bush family and friends.

What our panel of critics thought

"I have never spat such volumes at a movie before, but once I started I had to empty my whole mouth, twice! I have never felt more angry in my life. However, I decided not to say anything fearing that they would legitimately arrest me under the Patriot Act."

"Michael Moore: I don't agree with what you say, but I will defend your right to say it."

"I had a few funny sumo jokes ready for my review but, to be honest, I think this movie has made me lose my sense of humor."

"Uhm... fatty.. fatty fat man... four eyes fatty beardy sumo man... Booo! Ooohhh... You are sooo fat! No, I haven't seen the documentary, it's by that bloody Michael Moore!"

"Great documentary, shame it's not on a less depressing subject. How about one with nice cute and cuddly animals next time Michael?"

"Nice movie soundtrack, shame about the face."

Please tell me the ending or plot overview if necessary

This is a compellingly argued movie. At the end of the day, however, it probably comes down to a matter of trust in Bush himself as to how you react.

If you trust Bush then you probably will say that he couldn't possibly have been this bad (ask Britney Spears and millions of others at the time) if you don't trust him then he most likely did do it all and then some.

Towards the end of his second term, George W Bush had become one of the most unpopular presidents in history in the main due to Iraq.

Dr Bravisimo-Encore II Movie Review

He's back and one can't wait for his Oscar winning speech again this year. I am told that the academy are to allow the throwing of muffins and other small baked goods this time - Never fear our chubby hero can eat his way out of anything!

This is an important movie in an election year (2004) in the USA. It sets the anti-Bush, corporate American benefits of attacking Iraq, agenda. It will provide confirmation to those who dislike Bush, but will be ignored by those who like Bush including those who are making millions out of the war.

Michael Moore went to extraordinary lengths to get this movie in front of as many electors as possible before the 2004 Bush vs John Kerry presidential contest, but ultimately to no avail. George Bush won a second term.

Michael Moore is an important leader in getting the documentary form back on the media agenda in the USA. Long may he continue.

Quotable quotes (real)

"I need my son."

"All of us at the networks made a mistake."

"We never read legislation that we pass."

"If it wasn't for the oil nobody would be there."

Other comments

A must watch movie and the great thing is it's being released at the time, and not a couple of years after Bush leaves power. Realistically we wouldn't expect you to be watching this movie if you are a Republican. If you are a Democrat you probably knew all of this already, but it gives you a nice one-stop reference for arguments with doubters. For floating voters it is probably required viewing.

Michael Moore continues to be the most important voice of dissent in the USA today. God bless him.

Date of review

19 October 2004

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