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DVD Review: Everything’s Cool

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Being a firm believer in global warming and the consequences surrounding it, I wasn't exactly dreading the fact that I had to watch a documentary on it. However, I am not a fan of documentaries and usually find them monotonous.

Everything's Cool dwells on the fact that the Bush administration tampered with scientific reports and convinced millions of people that taking action towards global warming would plummet us into the next depression. Skeptics believe global warming is a myth, a ludicrous pulp fiction if you will, which ultimately led to labeling the issue as a theory rather than fact.

While this documentary presents plenty of well thought out data pertaining to the crisis some claim to be the "mother of all problems", it fails to probe deeper into the subject and provide some inner depth about solutions.

Directors Daniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand, who spawned the sub-genre known as "toxic comedy", point out many problems caused by global warming such as melting ice caps, drastic weather changes, and even migration of insects. In the process of describing these consequences, the directors of the award-winning documentary Blue Vinyl fail to give any counsel as to what society could do to slow down this irreversible crisis.

While this documentary about global warming is considerably more upbeat and has a much more expansive approach to the subject than Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, it lacks the vitalizing details and the abundance of solutions provided in Al Gore's critically acclaimed documentary.

Everything's Cool shows some spurts of cleverness and has a distinct openness towards making things right, but the fact that the issue is told from an optimistic point of view sort of bogs down the purpose of the film. A more depressing and catastrophic look at what is happening to the world would've been more effective, rather than discussing the problem in a more enlightening fashion that ultimately gives off an ineffective vibe.

I would rather sit through Al Gore's monotone presentation of the problems, effects, and solutions for global warming than watch a documentary based on the same problem that is completely derivative and unavailing. When it is all said and done, this is by no means a good documentary. Rather than putting forth any effort to solve the problem it is addressing, it merely points fingers and seeks those to blame. I suggest watching a global warming documentary of more value and importance. Maybe one with more depth and meaning.

Special features of the DVD include director's commentary, over one hour of bonus footage and activist extras, and the exclusive DVD-ROM link to Doctored Report to Congress and Rick Piltz Congressional Testimony.

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