Fahrenheit 9/11 is Incredibly Boring

I am almost an hour into Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, and there about five funny moments so far. There are no dramatic moments. Nor is there any clear pacing. It is incredibly, incredibly boring.

If you want an underrated Michael Moore film, watch Bowling for Columbine. If you want a stylish anti-American documentary, grab The Power of Nightmares.

Moore is a great marketer. But this time, not a good director.

4 thoughts on “Fahrenheit 9/11 is Incredibly Boring”

  1. Are you suggesting Bowling for Columbine was a good movie? F9/11 was trash. I suggest turning it off now. You're blogging is far superior to his polemic film making =)

  2. Chirol: Yup. 🙂 As I explained to Mark

    http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2005/05/14/liberal_bias_and_mental_blindness.html

    Bowling for Columbine was quite hard on opponents of gun rights.

    I fast-forwarded to the end of the movie, and watched the last five minutes. Better, but still dull. The last two minutes (Moore's theory of never-ending war with music) reminded me a lot of “Power of Nightmares.” which was well done.

    Thanks for the kind words. 🙂

  3. You didn't find it interesting? The president of the USA has 3.5 minutes to act in a missile attack. You may have noticed him sitting there for 7 minutes. What do you think the military calls unidentified objects that strike from the sky? I suppose if you don't know that Russia still has missiles pointed at evey city over 25,000 people it may seem boring. Do I hear the Lakota speaking?

  4. In the case of September 11th, it probably calls it a” plane,” as its been visually identified as a “plane.”

    The Final Report of the 9/11 Commision dwells on this for some detail. NORAD's air defense systems were inoperable because NORAD was geared for a threat emerging outside of North America. There was no operational responsibility on anything for combating a manned air attack originating from within the continental United States.

    Of course, since then Northern Command has been established to do just that (and some other things)

  5. Dan
    I have to apologize. I could only read the part of the 9/11 reports, which described how the highjackers disguised four jetliners to look like one. I am afraid the rest of the report was really too gut wrenching to finish. Maybe someday, I will try again.

    I only assumed the marine who whispered in the president’s ear used the precise military term of missile instead of the, what I considered, civilian term of airplane. I guess I should have finished the report to find out if this was true or not. As the old saying goes, when you assume something, you make an ass out of u and me.

  6. I have to apologize. I could only read the part of the 9/11 reports, which described how the highjackers disguised four jetliners to look like one

    I'm unsure what you mean. The report goes into great detail how the airlines were lost in the noise — there was great confusion on everyone's part during the attacks.

    I am afraid the rest of the report was really too gut wrenching to finish. Maybe someday, I will try again.

    Indeed. The murder of the IDF officer on one of the doomed plane's is particularly shocking. As is the subtle differences in parrellelism of some sentences.

    I only assumed the marine who whispered in the president’s ear used the precise military term of missile instead of the, what I considered, civilian term of airplane.

    I believe you are refering to (the civilian) White House Chief of Staff Andy Card. According to the Whise House, Mr. Card said

    “A second plane hit the second tower. America is under attack!”

    Thanks again for the comment.

  7. Thanks again for clearing it up. Sometimes an image is stuck in my mind, I am glad you were able to shed some light on it.

    From the report I thought the highjackers left the transponder, if that is the correct word, on long enough where everyone was focused on it. Then when the other airplanes shut theirs off, everyone thought it was the first airplane. Their effort to try to find the first plane ruined the chance to track the others. One real lost airplane and the others were phantoms. I think I see what you mean; the background noise was so congested that the controllers could not track anything. It was not like the highjackers planned it, it was all pure luck.

  8. Larry,

    Yup. The hijackers attacked a chaotic system. They hid in the chaos without meaning to. The 9/11 Catastrophe is as much a story of America's systematic failure to defend herself as al Qaeda's success.

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