Movie Review: Fahrenheit 9/11


The documentary has been built around the 9/11 attacks and what happened after. Moore blatantly charges the Bush Administration of being hand in glove with Saudi Oil businessmen and being incompetent to run a nation.

It begins with Gore’s defeat and Bush’s victory in the US Presidential Elections 2000and Moore attempts to show that Bush was allegedly involved in manipulating the elections at Florida. The movie continues with a lot of such allegations that seem to have arisen from investigative journalism of Moore.

The story also highlights the plight of those soldiers who have been living bad lives after being deputed to the war on Iraq. Moore however tries to justify that the entire war was a hoax and that Saddam was merely a scapegoat with the so-called WMD.

Moore also demonstrates realism in which he asks Congressmen and Senators to ask their children to join the military and be sent to Iraq. Moore has captured their negative reactions on Camera!!


Moore’s work is a great piece of investigative journalism wherein he has attempted to show evidence against the most powerful man on earth. In an age where the fourth estate is stifled by even the most menial of the politicians, Moore’s work is a star. This obviously speaks volumes about the writer’s credibility.

The documentary’s narrative for the first half is filled with facts that have shades of humour. You wouldn’t help laughing your heart out at Bush. An Indian viewer would suddenly feel proud that there are scientists and intellectuals at the helm of our country.

The story of course has its negatives. The story of an Iraq veteran’s mother has been stretched beyond tolerable limits (in fact, it at least covers 30-40% of the film). Moore’s view would have been to portray one family in such vivid detail that the viewer would himself visualize the plight of the rest of the families. However, this idea seems to fall flat.

Since the movie has a pure American focus, a non-American viewer like me might not have been able to appreciate the documentary in its full spirit. But, nevertheless, Moore’s great work would definitely entertain you and you wouldn’t complain.

Bottomline: Paisa vasool