Starring: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson
Director: Michael Moore
Running Time: 120 mins
Bowling For Columbine is an American documentary that explores the origins of the gun culture in the USA, following on from the disastrous tragedies of school shootings such as at Columbine High School.
To see such an in-depth look into a topic and issue that is still quite ambiguous, regarding why there are more gun victims in America than anywhere else was just extremely interesting for me to watch.
This film really managed to give an all-round convincing and fascinating view on the gun culture, and when Michael Moore, the director, went to places where there had been school shootings in recent times to interview either victims or those affected, it was incredibly sad to see these people breaking down into tears because of these terrible tragedies.
Although we may think that the main reason the Americans have such a common association with these problems is due to their relaxed attitudes on gun control, the suggestion that the new media nowadays, especially news broadcasters in the States, puts so much fear into people’s lives, that they feel it is vital to have a gun to protect themselves was a really interesting insight.
The film itself was a clever and overall extremely informing documentary, and although some parts were not necessarily the most engaging, delving deep into American history, it was for the most part a brilliantly fascinating film to watch.