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An Inconvenient Truth
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written by ZenBones June 23, 2006 - 12:40 AM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
SPOILERS!!! --
According to this film, we have just sixteen more years until the Earth will be stretching at the seems with overpopulation, global warming will be perpetually keeping the temperature of the planet in the 90s, and food will be reduced to little square soy biscuits (!). It's a silly projection for 2022, but certainly mankind will be facing a dilemma not entirely different in say, sixty years (rent "The Future of Food" and "The End of Suburbia" for coming attractions if you don't believe me). Of course in this film, our oceans are dying so where else can the protein that we need to sustain us come from? I'd like to think that the idea of grounding humans up into Triscuits is totally implausible but then, thirty years ago I would never have guessed that anyone would consider feeding cows to cows.

Seriously, I don't take this film as anything but entertainment, and quite campy entertainment at that. There are wonderful touches, such as a 'futuristic' video game that bears little more sophistication than Pong. I also loved the ending when Chucky Heston is shot in the liver (!) and manages to walk about twenty yards, then get into a prolonged fistfight where he's constantly being thrown over army cots, and then stab his opponent with a knife that conveniently shows up on the floor. While I was convulsing with laughter, I wondered if his victim's last thought in his dying breath was "Damn! I'm going to be a cookie now!". Still, the film bears an uneasiness for me today that it didn't some thirty-three years ago. Today, I choke up at Edward G Robinson's death scene, partly because our society doesn't allow for mercy killings for those who chose to die in such a state of pleasure, and partly because I know that nature IS dying by the acre every half-hour. In all actuality, this isn't a bad companion film to Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth". Just make sure you accommodate your double feature with Triscuits and plenty of organic cheese balls (in biodegradable packaging, of course). In other words, stay concerned, but keep your sense of humor.

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