About Bowling for Columbine

About Bowling for Columbine

  • Submitted By: 04sharmam
  • Date Submitted: 01/26/2009 11:52 AM
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Bowling for Columbine

Bowling for Columbine” is a documentary film based upon the use of guns in America. It has been and produced and directed by Michael Moore. Inspired by the 1999 school shooting in Colorado that led to 12 school children and one school teacher being killed, this film shows that America has the highest rate of gun crime and explores the nature of violence in the United States.

The trailer of the film “Bowling For Columbine” introduces us to the producer Michael Moore at the beginning, giving the audience information on the film content. Later in the film he raises questions such as “Are we a nation of gun nuts or just plain nuts?” this question makes the audience think. Moore wants the audience to consider how easy it is for the younger generation to get hold of guns in the United States.

The audience’s emotions are tested when horrifying CCTV footage of the columbine shooting is shown and the survivors are interviewed. The kids who shot up Columbine high school went bowling at 6 am on the terrible day, another comparison is made with the neighbouring country Canada, with equally weak gun laws why does it show such a low murder rate? One second he is implying that easy gun laws are the problem but next he shows that equally they have a tiny murder rate and many of the houses that Michael Moore visited in Canada left their front doors open.

The actual issue is still clearly broadcasted in the film and the way it is done by Moore keeps the entertainment too. The way this is presented still captures the interest of the viewer by using the comedy but the issue of guns can also be clearly understood. The use of letting Manson defend himself lets the viewer see both sides of Manson and the way that it is done, using Manson to defend himself, makes the viewer have to choose a side. Moore claims that after something bad happens with a gun like a school shooting Heston will hold a rally the next week after at that location to try and change...

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