The most controversial film of 2004, Fahrenheit 9/11 is the new incendiary from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore. Following the success of Bowling For Columbine, Moore uses his characteristic deft humour and uniquely persistent style to launch an unflinching and searing examination of the Bush administration's actions in the wake of the tragic events of 9/11.
Moore considers the presidency of George W. Bush and where it has led the world. He looks at how - and why - Bush and his inner circle avoided pursuing the Saudi connection to 9/11 and lifts the lid on the President's own private Pandora's Box of personal friendships and business ties with the Saudi Royal and Bin Laden families. Fahrenheit 9/11 shows a nation kept in constant fear by FBI alerts and misleading media reports, and it is in this atmosphere of confusion, suspicion and dread that the Bush Administration makes its headlong rush towards war in Iraq. Moore takes us inside the war to tell the stories we haven't heard, illustrating the awful human cost to U.S. soldiers and their families.
Moore personalises the film by focusing on the people who pay the price for this political posturing, and displays a mixture of extreme sensitivity and restrained fury in examining the suffering this creates. While Moore is mischievous as ever - the irony is still there - this is a film with a very adult sense of anger and frustration. Fahrenheit 9/11 is, along with everything else, an extraordinary collage of ordinary American voices.
Combining rare and unseen footage, expert testimony, and Moore's one-of-a-kind dogged hunt for answers to tough questions, Fahrenheit 9/11 is stitched together in such a fascinating way that the resulting mosaic; the cumulative effect of experiencing everything together in one place, is easily the most powerful piece of work of Moore's career. He makes a persuasive and unrelenting case that there is another way to look at things beyond the version we've been given. It is worth seeing, debating and thinking about, regardless of your political allegiances.