Movie Analysis : ' Bowling For Columbine '

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A compelling documentary about the controversial issues of gun culture, violence, war and the media’s role in promoting fear within communities, Michael Moore’s Bowling For Columbine presents a range of modern day issues within American society. By merging together a variety of different film techniques within news reports, statistics, ironic and tense stunts and interviews, the documentary investigates the incidents leading up to the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, and explores just what it is that makes America such a violent country, especially in relation to the nation’s distressing gun laws. Having self directed and actively participated in the documentary, Moore was in full control of what he included and excluded in Bowling For Columbine, which is why viewers are led to side with his actions and opinions.

Bowling For Columbine begins with star/director, Michael Moore, visiting a bank after seeing an advertisement in the newspaper offering a free gun to anybody who opens up a new account. It is here that Moore sets the tone of the documentary, proving just how easy it is to get a gun in America. He sarcastically asks if it is dangerous to be giving out guns at a bank, adding to the ridiculousness of the scenario. After setting up his new account and signing a few simple documents, Moore is given his new gun in what seems to be one short visit to the bank. This
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