“While Bush was busy taking care of his base and professing his love for our troops, he proposed cutting combat soldiers’ pay by 33% and assistance to their families by 60%. He opposed giving veterans a billion dollars more in health care benefits, and he supported closing veteran hospitals. He tried to double the prescription drug costs for veterans and opposed full benefits for part-time reservists. And when Staff Sergeant Brett Petriken from Flint was killed in Iraq on May 26th, the army sent his last paycheck to his family, but they docked him for the last five days of the month that he didn’t work because he was dead.” – Narrator
Number of Times Seen – 2 (7 Mar 2005 and 4 Dec 2015)
Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the connections between the Bush family and their oil and financial interests around the globe which perhaps led to many of the actions of both father and son and their business associates.
My Take on it – I have always enjoyed Michael Moore’s documentaries despite them always feeling very one-sided with a very strong agenda.
Taking that into consideration when watching his movies always helps me try to stay connected to reality during the whole running time.
This movie truly brings up some intriguing and interesting points about the 9/11, the War in Afghanistan and the War in Iraq.
It also tells of the very fascinating connections between Bush and co. with regard to the Saudis and what kind of interests they have around the world.
Unfortunately tho, this movie gets too over the top too often and at a certain point it begins to feel like Moore is weaving a Fairy Tale instead of giving us a serious and objective documentary film.
Bottom Line – Brings up some very interesting points about how the beginning of the war was handled and the reasons why Bush and co. would do so. Unfortunately, it gets a bit over the top too often that it feels like a fairy tale being told by Moore instead of a serious documentary telling things like they were. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – After its official showing at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival the movie was given what has been called “the longest standing ovation in the history of the festival”. Although the exact length of the applause is a matter of debate, journalists at the screening have reported it being in the area of 15 to 25 minutes. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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