DIRECTOR: Michael Moore
May contain spoilers!
Michael Moore’s chilling examination of the American love affair with their guns and the devastating consequences thereof, Bowling For Columbine takes its title from the infamous event in which two boys who would go to their high school on the 20th April 1999 and murder ten students and one teacher, in what was at the time one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history.
The Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colorado was just one of a many such vicious attacks from a disenfranchised youth but Moore is on a mission to determine what may be a the core of the America high mortality rate with guns.
Is it cultural violence? Video games or movies? Poverty? Access to guns? The answer would seem to be none of the above, rather a culture of fear propagated by the American media. This would be a recurrent theme in Moore’s work, attacking the government and the media’s use of fear and scaremongering in order to keep the American people from questioning the military campaigns of their government.
Whether he is right or this is a just a work of liberal propaganda is as debatable as the topics but personally, I feel that Moore expertly presents his arguments and makes a strong case, but this is documentary will not be for everyone.