After finishing watching director Michael Moore’s latest film, Fahrenheit 11/9, I wondered if 9/11 was really the worst thing that has happened to the United States so far this century. You might think I am crazy or I am exaggerating to grab your attention. Nope. The present state of race relations, politics and general mindset of our neighbours to the south is frightening. It reminds me more and more day by day of the fictional world depicted in the excellent television series The Handmaid’s Tale than the great nation it claims to be.
Don’t be fooled by the trailers or ads for the film, it is not a film exclusively about the nation’s 45th President, Donald Trump. Moore also looks at things like the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, gun violence, racial inequality, and how they got to this place. Like a car accident, you won’t be able to look away from the horror. It will have you in its grips. No matter how much you struggle to get away.
Moore’s shtick is to be a provocateur. Sometimes at the expense of the films he makes. He certainly does not hide his biases or hesitate to slant the evidence towards the line of thinking he supports. That being said, he would not have found much material in an attempt to depict a more balanced look at the present state of the U.S.
As far as films go this one is all over the place. Skipping from one story to another quickly without any kind of wrap up or even proper segue. If you can keep up or stop your head from spinning, then you will have to admit that it all adds up to something quite powerful. Plus it kinda just recreates the mess that the States finds itself in at the moment.
Hopefully after seeing this it will affect those who did not vote in the last election to at the minimum undertake their civic duty to vote. The more ambitious or politically oriented to start up grassroots movements. Those with some power to exert it. All in an effort to right a ship that is keeling severely to the right. Fahrenheit 11/9 is a call to action. Action is what is needed.