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Bowling for Columbine
BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE
Bowling for Columbine is an American documentary film from 2002. It was written, directed, produced and narrated by Michael Moore.
This film is generally about the United States of America, portrayed in a horrific and humorous way. It asks questions like: why are the American so violent and why do 11,000 Americans die due to gun violence every year? But it is not a film about gun control; it is about the fearful heart and soul of America and the 280 million Americans who own guns in America. This documentary is really about the Columbine High School massacre who took place in 1999, where 13 students and teachers died and 24 persons where injured. The two perpetrators Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold committed suicide before they where arrested by the police. The Columbine High School shooting is also the background for the title of this film. This is because Harris and Klebold supposedly had gone bowling before they went to school and shot at fellow students. Bowling for Columbine might indicate that Moore is trying to fight for their case, since Columbine High School works strongly against guns after the shooting.
Michael Moore is trying to indicate that Americans are far too dependent on guns. Moore also tries to say that if guns were harder to get, less gun violence would occur each year. He does this by putting out statistics about how bad American gun use is in proportion to other similar countries like Canada and countries in Europe. He also interviews persons who supports the gun use in America today, like actor Charles Heston who was also the president and spokesman of the National Rifle Association, and he puts them in a bad light.
This movie is very subjective because Moore has already made up his mind about this case and the movie is in many ways made to support his view. We learn that Moore is very much against guns and how they have made America what it is today, and the movie does not try to hide it.
From this movie we learn that Americans like to be safe by owning a gun and that they are very afraid of each other. We also understand that it’s a very scattered society because there are so many different minorities living together. And because so many different minorities with different values, beliefs and norms live together, people don't trust each other. A reason for this might be the violent history of America. The answer to a lot America's problems has been through violence. (For example, the Native Americans who where killed and sent away from their homes, the War of Independence and the Civil War.) So it is kind of a tradition to have the right to bear guns.
This movie is very good, both educational and amusing. It is very humorous at the same tame as it is dead serious. We see a new side of America, which we wouldn't have seen elsewhere. We think this movie opens the eyes of Americans, and make them understand that the problem is much larger than they want to think it is. It is made in a realistic way, since it is a documentary and we feel like we see things for how they really are, and the truth is told in a very forward way.
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