Reviews

Bowling For Columbine

5

In 2002, Michael Moore (everybody’s favourite all-American dissenter) scored a painful body blow against the US establishment with this excoriating documentary, which was acclaimed at the Cannes Film Festival and crowned at the Oscars. 

Using the horrendous 1999 shootings at Columbine High School as a starting point, Moore sets out to ask just what makes Americans uniquely violent – both towards each other and in their relationships with other nations. En route, of course, there’s no lack of humour, straight-talking anger and even pathos – as when Charlton Heston, confronted by Moore with the implications of his actions as President of the National Rifle Association (NRA), simply abdicates the argument, a broken old man bereft of a script.

 

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: December 1st 2003