Lake of Fire was one of the most difficult movies I've ever had to get though. What I'd first like to do is talk about the film in general, and then discuss it over all.
The film itself minus all other factors is astounding. Tony Kaye shot it over the course of 20 years, and the footage is absolutely beautiful. It's done in black and white, 35mm, and is crystal clear. I've never seen a documentary shot like this, and I don't think I ever will again. If one is a film geek like I am you know you are in the presence of a guy who knows how to push the limits of a camera, and get the most out of every single shot.
Now the film itself. In a word it's very graphic. To the point where my husband got up and left because it was too much. Kaye doesn't hold back... ever. If one's seen American History X and was disturbed by it Lake of Fire will kind of put you over the edge. So please if you have a weak stomach or can't stand looking at medical photos you'll have to let this go. I don't want anyone to throw up because of a movie recommendation.
Kaye also does something very interesting. He gives equal weight to both sides. Most documentaries about this subject are going to take a stance and stick with it. Because the director himself hadn't made up his mind about the subject he is able to bring a really fresh perspective to a topic that most people are very decided on. He starts at the fringes of both sides, and moves inward. At first it feels like it's like any other film about abortion, but then it just transcends it.
To be very honest it didn't change my mind about being Pro-Choice, but it gave me a great deal of sympathy for the other side. I am able to understand the Pro-Life position a bit better, and I think I'm better off for that. It's films like this one that may be able to open up a rational dialog between both sides to come up with a solution.
I haven't yet met a Pro-Life person that's seen this film. One of my greatest wishes is that I'm able to, and that we are able to discuss some of it's minor points. One of it's biggest complaints is that it somehow is meant to sway a person into being one way or another, and I can honestly say that this film doesn't do that. It's the most rational clear headed documents I've been able to find.
EDIT: I should really comment on the title. Yes, Lake of Fire refers to hell, but the concept of it is brought up again and again in the film. It's given different perspectives and shown in different lights. In no way is it meant to be a form of propaganda. Also, it refers to the 20 year journey of getting this film made and into theaters.