Bowling for Columbine (Dafne Davis)

Although the documentary focuses mostly on the Columbine High School massacre, during the film-documentary Michael Moor focuses on the nature of violence in the United States. He starts by researching the background and environment in which the Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold grew up in and some common public opinions and assumptions about related issues. The film aims at understanding and explaining why the United States has a high violent crime rate by comparing it to Canada, Europe and Japan.
The documentary follows Michael Moor in his interviews and his visits to the various locations of crime and comparison, even the bowling alley in which the two teenagers attended class that morning; all the while alternating these scenes with montages with detailed explanations and statistics. The film, distributed by United Artist, was released in 2002 and its budget was of 4 million dollars. The reviews were extremely positive, with a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes which earned a “certified fresh” award. The impact was that of reality. Americans watching this movie surely had to face that unlike other countries they face a particular situation. Although Michael Moor implies that most of criminality is due to the ownership of guns and violence showed on the news and on tv shows, he lets the audience take their own stand.


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