|The 11th Hour
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- We have to manage our minds ecologically
The film is not so much about climate change. It is not so much about CO2. It is not so much about any ecological theme in particular, polluting the atmosphere, poisoning the oceans and waterways, exhausting the soil. It is about the inner truth that is ours, what has been our truth from the very start and what it is supposed to become if we are to survive as a species on this planet. Our inner truth is that we have a brain in connection with a body and its senses capturing the surrounding environment, which provides us with the possibility to think, to analyze, understand, synthesize and modelize what we can capture with and via our senses, the possibility to create tools and procedures that enable us to multiply our resources, and the possibility to communicate to other members of our species, present or future, through oral and written communication, live or recorded on various media, memory having been and still being on particularly efficient and economical medium. And I must admit I was nicely surprised by the maturity of the discourse. Instead of only culpabilizing us and making us feel guilty about what we do to the earth, it takes a different stand that insist on the absurdity of our present attitude that has developed to an extreme point over the last two centuries after the first industrial revolution. It does not preach going back to a pre-electricity age or to a pre-mechanical transportation age. It defends the fundamental principle of the human species in its long fight for survival and development: frugality, economy, saving, using resources with the principle that says as much as necessary but no more than needed. No waste at all, then no want eventually. And the best way not to waste is to use things and resources that are renewable, hence sustainable. Sustainability comes from the fact that we aim at economizing and never exhausting any source of whatever it is we want or need. At this level of reason and responsibility, the film turns marvelously poetic. The images, be they of catastrophes or of vital miracles, everyday natural life, are extremely beautiful and dealt without any fake editing, or so little. The beauty of the penguins walking to the ocean after their release on some beach is a moment of grace, and that shows what nature is all about: life and saving the natural resources we need to remain alive. The penguins go to the ocean the way we go to energy but they would never try to pollute or exhaust it. They will naturally live in equilibrium with their environment. And this we do not do right now. We have to change our way of thinking more than anything else. And that has to be done immediately, drastically and fast. That is only a question of political leadership, and not any maverick-ness or maverick-ity. We need calm, pondered upon and collective leadership that will give us the right, the duty, the responsibility to make the main choices and to manage and command the various procedures that will come out of these decisions. And once again the film turns poetic speaking of the mind, of the beauty of our spiritual capabilities. It valorizes in us our unique human creativity in order to make us reject our ubiquitous greed and desire to exploit to exhaustion if profit there is in it. We have to go back to the ecology of the mind our distant homo sapiens ancestors demonstrated when they started inventing tools to make hunting and fishing more efficient, and the domestication of animals and the cultivation of the earth to increase their collective resources in order to sustain the survival and development of the community with only one rule in their minds: economy, i.e. no more effort or work than necessary and no waste of what was gathered, hunted, fished or cultivated. The economy is part of the biosphere of this planet but the biosphere is not at the service of the economy. The economy must develop and can only do that by using the biosphere and its resources but in such a way that the biosphere is not exhausted, hence in a sustainable way. And that's the poetry of the message. You are not guilty of anything but humanity in general has grown irresponsible, hence wasteful and un-sustainable. Like a poem never uses one word or even syllable too many, we have to learn how to use what we need, not more, and make sure what we have used has been renewed or is being renewed for the future generations.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne & University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines
- Are we doomed?
Seems like doomsday is around the corner and overpopulation is the main problem nowadays. The documentary is well made, comprehensive and balanced. Unfortunately, I found it to be boring. I think, that the commentaries made by the scientists and experts could be more emphatic if they showed more examples of the destruction caused by man. Al Gore in his documentary is far more eloquent in his statements and he also supports them with very clear, abundant and reliable data/info. Can anything be done to save the human race? The planet will survive, but not humanity if the environmental devastation continues to worsen. What will our future and the future of our children really look like? ??????..................??????? ...more info
This is one of the most inspiring movies I have ever watched. I recommend it to everyone. I think that every parent should show it to their teenage children so that they know what the new generation is facing in the world. This movie should be used to inspire young people to create new ideas and have new attitudes about what is possible in the future....more info
- sigh - so promising but doesn't deliver
This movie was billed so highly that I expected it to be riveting. Instead what I saw felt like lots of stock tragedy footage in quick view montage (think Baraka without the art) designed to evoke emotion. They don't let the "experts" share the exciting things they are up to and give a very stilted view of who these (mostly) men are. Considering this was basically a bioneers conference syllabus except with better visuals I think they left out some of the most exciting things afoot right now. ...more info
- Thanks to "The 11th Hour, the Big Truths are tough medicine but also an inspiration
Do we have "all the time in the world"? We never do. The clock is ticking, and so live well. In this profound assemblage of sweeping themes and smart people, we are reminded how lovely, how lovable, how tragic and how complicated life is now on Planet Earth. "The 11th Hour" transcends the genre of environmental movie; it takes on LIFE as we know it. It is a collage, spliced together to great effect with a fantastic soundtrack, an homage to the globe as we know it today, in 2007. It may be the best human document of the year -- and even of the decade (we'll see). "The 11th Hour" brings together threads that in so many other works remain disparate. Here, the collective tapestry is compelling, tying together plants, animals, biodiversity, food, population, immigration, migrations of all sorts, global climate change, pollution, politics, religious strife, war, conflict, the human will and the human spirit and what it will take to counter these challenges, to reverse the tide of dangers we face.
The selection of talking heads is stellar, and there are 55 interviewees cited in the credits, ranging from Stephen Hawking to Paul Hawken to Jerry Mander to Paul Anderson to Hermann Daly to one of my ultimate environmental heroes, David Suzuki, who, in my mind, provided several of the most evocative moments in the film.
Perhaps the talking heads are not household names, but this is not a film of, by and for nerds. It may be of and by nerds, but it really is for anyone who loves the planet and is looking to connect with the best minds and the best innovations in which we may realistically base some hope for improving things soon and in the near future.
Not all is gloom and doom in "The 11th Hour." The last third of the film is filled with a vast array of innovations that we can get going with now. They come by at a fast clip, so much so that after seeing the film once just a few days ago, I was almost immediately ready to watch it again. And perhaps that is the best compliment for any film, and especially a documentary. Could you watch it again? Would you want to? I think thousands of viewers will give a resounding "YES" to both questions.
Surely, the added bonus features to be included on the DVD will add even more to the richness of the experience -- and the power of the messages, the insights and the WISDOM of "The 11th Hour."
Thanks to Leonardo diCaprio for producing the film, but alas, it is because of diCaprio that it loses one star. His periodic narration is journeyman quality at best, not stellar, and strangely, his segments are shot in nice outdoor locations but poorly lit with subpar sound quality. Perhaps a more compelling narrator would have strengthened the film even more. But that is a small quibble in the big scheme of things, and this is an important work about the biggest of all things, so don't let any quibble stop you from getting a copy of this film to share with family and friends who care enough to pay attention and perhaps even, when it comes to our greatest challenges, to act for the greater good of all people and life on Earth....more info
- A Must See
This is such an eye opening movie. It truly is a must see, or we may not have much to see in the future....more info
- A 'must see'! We ignore films/messages like this at our own peril!
This documentary on global warming, and other key environmental issues facing us (and the planet) is absolutely SUPERB! DiCaprio did a great job getting key scientists, professors, and other experts to expound on some of the key issues facing us vis a vis the environment. The moral and philosophical underpinnings of what we are doing to this planet, and what we can do to change it are not to be ignored as well. All in all, a very compelling film which EVERYONE should see! Well worth your time....more info
- A worthwhile and timely portrait of the world condition
I used the 11th Hour in two classes I teach at a private high school in Denver, CO. I found it to be a beautifully put-together overview of the current world environmental situation, and also a very good introduction to topics of sustainability and progress being made in that direction. The students were both moved and stimulated enough to have one of the better follow-up discussions of the semester....more info
- Documentary okay.
This documentary is just okay. It is more informative and educational than An Inconvient Truth and doesn't exaggerate as much. I believe it betrays global warming more factually and shows more critical thinking. It does suggest that the earth will be okay but humanity may suffer real setbacks. The documentary had less sizzle though and Leonardo DiCaprio disappoints me. He had less persona than the scientists. I thought this documentary would just copy Al Gore's documentary but it doesn't. This documentary would have been better airing on Discovery than theaters....more info
- Lacks the power of the subject matter...
I was deeply disappointed after watching 11th hour. Having read positive reviews and a huge fan of Leonardo DiCaprio I was looking forward to a good documentary on global warming. Unfortunately this documentary failed miserably and is rather forgettable.
The first of several problems that made this fail is the exectuion. Almost the entire film is nothing but interviews blended together and every so often intercut with scenic scenes. Yes this is a documentary but some of the interviews with scientist which were very vague or just plain confusing to the common watcher.
The narration by Leonardo DiCaprio failed horrible due to once again very vague and hard to understand terms that made you zone out as he was talking. After listening to the interviews and then hearing the narration made you just want to shout "TELL ME IN PLAIN ENGLISH!".
Another thing was there was nothing really new, after Al Gore's very informative documentary there was nothing new on Global Warming and the ideas for the future change is good but they are such big changes that need to take place you feel hopeless. Especially as even the interviewees admit many of the probelms are due to leadership/law issues with congress and the white house.
Overall a HUGE disappointment, I give Leo credit for trying but unfortunately is was so poorly put together and almost feels purposely made uninteresting and dull....more info
- Let's Stop Debating and Do Something...
I would consider myself a community activist and try to do what I can to save the planet earth. But after viewing this film, it seems that I'm not doing enough. This documentary is based in science and provides easy to understand connections to the problems of the world and global warming. The problems are clearly stated, viable solutions are given and reasons why we (Americans) are not heeding the warning signs are discussed. Whether you are "green" or not this film is for you. It may change your mind (one way or another) on why you need to do more in saving the planet.
As a political science professor, I use this film as part of a class project on grassroots change. The video does have a few moments of slow action or communication of fact and the wording describing who is speaking and what they do is too small to read. Even though I had a few students with moments of eyelid heaviness over all most stayed engaged. It was definitely worth 95 minutes of class time as the discussion that followed was extraordinary.
We are in the 11th hour, don't sleep on making changes that will not only save you money but save our planet for the next generation. So let's stop debating and do something...
- Great personal interviews as well as Fantatic Images
I just finished watching the 11 Hour last night and my impressions were that the wide host of interviewees not only appropriate touched on all the necessary points but that they were amazingly articulate and interesting as well. The Documentary also has some fantastic but often horrific images. These really hit home what those being interviewed had to say.
After a while it got a little doom and gloom and I was wondering when they were going to get to the solutions providing a glimmer of hope. Not only did they do this but they gave more time to it than many documentaries on the subject which all to often only lightly touch upon the subject in the last few minutes. That is my biggest problem with the Inconvenient Truth. The 11th Hour also has a whole bonus section entirely devoted to solutions which I thought incredibly wise and will probably have a much greater effect because of it.
Though I am thankful Dicaprio produced this timely film unfortunately I think he was the weakest link in it. I felt either a different narrator or none at all would have been best. Overall still it is a must see in my book and I am thankful we have yet another wonderful environmental documentary out there.
- Still have five minutes
The movie is a powerful outcry to the passive behavior and disbelief that each of us can make a difference in saving our home, our planet, our children, and even maybe ourselves. We made changes to the climate almost to the point of no return. Only drastic change in our attitude, government policies, and actions can soften or slowly reverse these changes. The movie is a very vivid presentation of the above ideas. It has passion. It has life....more info
- A must see for awareness
The "11th Hour" is a no-holds barred presentation of what we are doing to our planet and puts the responsibility where it belongs, with corporations leading us over the precipice. Those who are keeping their head in the sand and who are unwilling to acknowledge that they are leading destructive lifestyles should see this movie. It is scientific without being too complicated and has both beautiful and scary images, a must see. Unfortunately the corporations are providing lots of sand and people do not like change. If viewed this movie could change a lot of minds. ...more info
- Sensless old hippie movie
If you're one of those old hippie types looking for something to believe in, don't waste your money on this film man. The DVD is plastic. Bad for the planet.
For everyone else - don't waste your money on this film - you can get free opinion and advise everyone, and that'll only cost what it's worth.
- Outstanding Work
I received this DVD last week and could not be happier with the scope of the film and the diverse cast of experts used in the production of The 11th Hour. This was actually purchased as a Christmas gift for my 8 year old son, but I decided to show it also to my 12th grade Economics class as I wanted them to be aware of the issues involved with our continued wreckless destruction of our home, the Earth, and for them to understand that it will be on their generation to help come up with the ideas that may change our current course.
In my opinion, The 11th Hour tells the story of the enviromental destruction of our planet in a constructive way. In other words, it sets up the current picture, but then leads the audience to think abouth how we could change the way we look at things so that we might be able to change to more sustainable ways of life in the future.
I know this video had an impact on several students as I could tell that they were asking questions in a more concerned manner than usual. One student, who is very bright, but who has been brainwashed by the pro-oil lobby into believeing that global warming is not a real event, looked very flustered and defensive when he made derogatory comments towards the film. You could just see the question in his voice and on his face. At least he is considering that he might possibly be wrong and that, just maybe, he has been sold a line of bull by the right-wing Republican (Bushies/Fox News) establishment. ...more info
- The modern "Faces Of Death"
Watching this was very depressing. Everything that has gone wrong in this world. Too much to think about and worry about. It is a chain reaction that will not stop. ...more info
- Very Best Combination of Brains, Images, and Words
Unlike National Geographic: Six Degrees Could Change the World and National Geographic: Human Footprint, both of which I recommend, this DVD is a very elegant narrative that blends top ecological activists including Stephen Hawking and Paul Hawkins, speaking for a minute or two each, with historical audio-visuals that have been selected with enormous intelligence and integrity.
If you buy only one film, this is the one, but the issue is so very important I would recommend that each of three families buy one of these, and then start passing them around the neighborhood.
The movie opens with a theme of the planet being sick--two complex systems, one human, one all else, are interacting in pathological ways. Man, in being able to think about the future, while also ignoring the limits to growth and maintaining the fiction of being separate from nature, is committing species suicide.
Mankind used to live on current sunlight, which can only sustain up to one billion people. It was the industrial and agricultural era that began to draw down on "stored sunlight" in the form of petroleum and natural gas that set off a race to grow that led to climate change and especially global warming. 20% of the polar ice is gone; catastrophic weather is 50% more often or 50% more powerful. The amplification effect of human misbehavior is creating more and more loss. See The Manufacture of Evil: Ethics, Evolution and the Industrial System; To Govern Evolution: Further Adventures of the Political Animal; and Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West
I have a note to myself, this is stark elegant poetry.
The oceans are discussed in terms of our taking out too much (e.g. over-fishing) and putting in too much (toxins and non-biodegradable matter), and at the same time, toxins get concentrated in the food chain and come right back to us. See Blue Frontier : Saving America's Living Seas
Water that is poisoned ultimately poisons the human species. See
The Blue Death: Disease, Disaster, and the Water We Drink
Toward the end we get to the cruz of the matter, that corporate greed and control has gone global, and the legal systems, the political systems, are hostage to that greed. The Earth--nature--has been commoditized, as have humans (never mind the corruption that allows corporations to loot foreign commonwealths at the same time that Exxon externalizes $12 in "true costs" to future generations for each gallon of gas it sells).
One speaker is very capable in pointing out that this is neither a technology crisis nor even an ecological crisis, but rather a crisis of political policy and a process that has broken down completely. The government "bridge" between the commonwealth and the people, and the economy, has falled down. In the next sentence the problem is defined as our CULTURE, with everything else being a symptom. This was for me a defining moment within this DVD. It's not about evil--Exxon does what we let them--it's about what we choose to do or not do as a culture.
Probably citing E. O. Wilson, but without reference to him (he should have appeared in this movie, see his book The Future of Life, one speaker notes that the value of what nature does for us (e.g. bee pollination of crops) has been estimated at 35 trillion dollars a year--vastly more than the 18 trillion that comprises the global economy.
The DVD concludes with an excellent combination of individual statements on how this IS the ecological era, we can reimagine our lives, if we just retrofit all buildings to make them energy efficient it would create 3 million jobs in the US and free us from dependence on foreign oil. We can live with one tenth of the resources we consume now.
[Coincidentally, this was the week that TIME Magazine went green, and while I was watching the movie I was also finishing up Jesse Ventur's book Don't Start the Revolution Without Me! in which he recounts his realization that simply unplugging all the TVs in America when not in use would end US energy shortages.]
Di Caprio closes, and I write in my notes: eloquent, inspriing, statesmanlike, learned. He--and all those associated with this project--have it it out of the park. This is a deeply impressive contribution to the public dialog on our future as a species and as a planet.
See also my varied lists. There are a number of books in the cradle to cradle, sustainable design, green to gold, natural capitalism genre, the one that captures the spirit of this DVD and complements it is, in my view, Paul Hawkin's Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beau, which he describes as the Earth's immune system kicking in....more info
- Naive and simpleminded effort. No mention of human overpopulation. And endorcing biofuels? Seriously?
There was no mention of the human race trying to control its spiraling population. Human overpopulation has now become the Problem more than anything else. They made a mention of there being twice as many people today as there were when Kennedy was president. Their hopes for the future of technology are just too hopeful. They put me vaguely in the mind of old science fiction novels that assumed by the year 2000 humans would have colonized Mars and all of us would me moving around via individual jet packs. Even if eventually possible, the technology they mention can only raise our carrying capacity for a very short while. (For more information about this, google Albert Bartlett. He has some amazingly entertaining video lectures that are sure to please you.) Consider that when the deer population in American woodlands increases to a certain level, hunting is encouraged by the government to reduce the deer population. The argument against animal rights groups is thus: the deer that will survive hunting season will have more food and will therefore be healthier. Since the makers of this documentary consider us part of nature, they need to realize that the planet cannot sustain more human population growth.
We NEED negative human population growth NOW.
If the human population continues to grow, there will be dire consequences. In the words of the famous Isaac Asimov, "Democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive it. Convenience and decency cannot survive it. As you put more and more people into the world, the value of life not only declines, it disappears. It doesn't matter if someone dies. The more people there are, the less one individual matters."
Moreover, I begin to question the whole intelligence of this documentary because of their (granted very brief) endorsement of biofuels. Everyone knows that biofuels are very bad for the environment, considering how much deforestation will have to be accomplished in order to grow corn and soybean to turn into fuel. Not to mention that biofuels are driving up food prices, causing more and more people to starve.
I just finished watching Anderson Cooper's Planet in Peril (2 DVD set). It is fantastic and you should watch it instead of this documentary. ...more info
It's tough for global warming believers (of which I am one). On the one hand, we have to present scenarios that make the everyday person recognize the scope of environmental problems, but not make the potential outcome seem so bleak as to discourage action. The 11th hour doesn't help much.
While I guess it's a good idea to have scientists speaking for themselves, it's not so useful when all you get from them are a sentence or two--devoid of context and essentially serving as a plug for their pet issue. As usual, big business is presented as a "villain"--the issue of why businesses full of smart people would choose to completely ignore seemingly unchallengeable science avoided. The implication is that they are "greedy" ready to destroy the planet for that extra dollar. Not so convincing to anyone that's worked in big business.
I've read things by most of the commenters that compose the film, and most of them have more depth to their ideas than is apparent here. Maybe it would have been better to have 5 people talk about their ideas in depth rather than 100 speak for 30 seconds. You essentially have to be a "believer" going in to the film or take them at their word. Wouldn't convince any smart person I know of anything....more info
- Terrifying, but also uplifting and motivating
This is a wonderful and important documentary. The film is full of terrifying images and fascinating interviews from some great minds. But, luckily, it does not spend too much time making its case about our destruction. After getting the viewer sufficiently terrified, the film shifts its focus to the causes of the problem. The film also inspires viewers to go out and make a difference (and tells them how).
Of course, comparisons will be made to An Inconvenient Truth, so I'll cover that too: it's clear that this project was always intended to be a film; it didn't begin as a PowerPoint presentation. It also doesn't waste time with a biography of it's narrator. But, most importantly, it's got a better mix of fear and inspiration; DiCaprio's film made me want to change the world....more info
- The 11th Hour
As a prospective teacher, I bought this DVD hoping that I could use it in my classroom. I will definitely be using it. There are little problem solving bits that I can show in class that will help my students understand sustainability and all that goes with it. I'm excited to try it out....more info
- A must-see
This is a very well documented dvd. I loved it. I learned a lot of things about the environment that I didn't know....more info
- Best part is the Solutions (bonus features), many ideas
The Solutions section is long, with many experts explaining various things that people and corporations are doing and could do toward restoring Earth and living sustainably hereafter. Much of it is surprising, intriguing, and fascinating. Even though most of the things proposed or described are large-scale, it gave me four ideas of things that we could do in our small community right now. That's valuable and makes this DVD worth watching for the bonus features alone....more info
- Unfortunately no one saw this great film
This film is leagues beyond the Al Gore film and does not have any politics riding it like a donkey either.
Is the planet warming? Yes. Is man the cause? Not 100% sure. Should we be way more responsible with the environment regardless? You better believe it!
This film is not just some scare tactic movie with charts and graphs guilting you into buying a hybrid car. This film brilliantly proposes a fundamental shift in humanities overall attitude and approach towards just about everything.
I could not help think of Star Trek and feel hopeful for our future provided we stop fighting, come together as one people and see ourselves as a single race of humans on a single planet rather than a bunch of disparate peoples arguing over semantics while inefficiency is the norm.
The future is now people. We can all change our ways almost effortlessly while saving ourselves money as well. Simple changes will collectively have a huge impact on the world and will send a powerful message to the business world that we want change for the better now.
I personally have a very small car and have switched my home to energy efficient light bulbs. I also now use my own bags in stores when I shop. This has saved me money with little expense up front.
No need to debate global warming. Making changes for the better is simply the right thing to do, and as stewards of this planet there is no time like the present....more info
- Well worth it...
I paid $4.95 for my copy so was extremely pleased. The documentary provides the best all around analysis of the devastation caused by the disease that is the human race. The only shortcomings are Leonardo Dicaprio's reading the tele-prompter as if he was actually concerned and the lack of solutions proposed. Great movie for anyone who is interested in being educated about the global energy crisis and environmental problems associated with humans occupying the entire planet....more info
- Totally realistic coverage
Absolutely good video to know what harm is being done to mother earth by one species called homo sapience. Not to miss this video....more info
- Apart from the urgency of the message,
The 11th Hour is beautifully filmed. This is one of those 'if you only see one movie this year......" advisors. If you only see one movie in your life, see this one. ...more info
- Great Documentary!
I thought I knew all there was to know about global warming and the environmental crisis, but this movie gave me a new perspective on the subject. It was quite inspiring. I just graduated undergrad with a BFA in Visual Arts and planning on going to grad school for architecture. Also, as I've grown up in Buras, LA at the mouth of the Mississippi River, I feel like I can make a difference for my community. But you don't need to have an architecture degree to make a change for the better, all you need to do is make the conscious decision that you will make more environmentally friendly choices. The statistics are quite interesting as well. One part mentioned how much it would cost to create a machine that'll do what nature already does for us for free (turning carbon dioxide into oxygen, etc.) And they also make it clear that we don't have to drop all our technology and become hunter gatherers wearing animal skins and holding spears again. We just have to redesign our technology to be more environmentally friendly. We have the minds and resources to do so, too. Watch this movie, it's only $5 and even comes in an environmentally friendly paper cover....more info
- A Must See
This film is truly amazing. It is like nothing I've ever seen about the environment or global climate change crisis. For the first time in years, I actually felt hopeful instead of hopeless in the face of these issues. Every time I watch a documentary, news show or science show and they talk of global warming, the environment, etc. it is just depressing. To make the difference needed requires a fundamental change in humanity, who we are, and how we think. But this film showed that although there is much to be done, there are people well on the way already. You should give a copy of this to anyone you think will watch it. We ordered 10 copies since it's on $5....more info
Excellent take on the problems we face now that will take effort, intent, and money to fix....more info
- 11th Hour Inspiration to go green with Leonardo!
This movie is fantastic. Everyone should watch it and tell ten friends to do the same. The beginning starts out a little grim but that is because it talks about things that make us uncomfortable.... reality. However it is extremely informative and it explains what can be done and needs to be done to help restore our beautiful earth back to a healthy status again. It's time people start doing something rather than talking about doing something, hopefully Leonardo will inspire people to do just that, it worked for me. You will be proud you watched it!...more info
- Fairly Effective Hollywood Scare Tactics
That isn't to say I would personally challenge many of the alarming scientific facts presented in The 11th hour. Some are indisputable but unfortunately they are being marketed to us. This is hardcore propaganda and if it wasn't for the fact that I'm on board with its views, I may take it down a star. Nevertheless, it is probably very effective propaganda for many people who don't understand the science, never will understand, and never want to. It reminds me of the popular Michael Moore films but infused with horror instead of Moore's enjoyable comical charm. Still, The 11th Hour is another film that puts the idea of global warming awareness in danger of being dismissed as trendy in the eyes of the masses searching diligently for comfort in their minds wrought with denial. The comparisons to the 2006 Al Gore documentary on the subject, An Inconvenient Truth, are expected and actually quite interesting. Gore's film is The 11th Hour-Lite, but really it was a bit more compelling because of it.
The 11th Hour is still a decent film despite its flaws and it presents a great mix of concerned voices for change. The list includes Stephen Hawking, Mikhail Gorbachev, David Orr, Paul Hawken, James Woolsey, David Suzuki, Kenny Ausubel, and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, among many others. There are moments when different people express the same point based on essentially the same evidence and there are also moments of great truth and insight. This is Leonardo DiCaprio's film and I know there are a lot of conservatives out there who I disagree with more often than not who wince when seeing DiCaprio here, but I couldn't help but catch a little bit of the fever that conservatives have when attacking Hollywood's elite with that sort of "shut up and act!" aggression. He is just an actor after all, and even though it's nice that he has a cause, it just doesn't sit well that he is narrating a film poised as a voice of authority when so many great thinkers on this very subject get less face-time. I say that not as a criticism that Leo is expressing his well-informed opinion, but that his presence seems a tad bit egotistical.
I'm conflicted though because what I liked about the 11th Hour is that it has teeth, so its propaganda label is a double edged sword for me. I like the fact that it attacks the audience into action because it does so by presenting us not just facts but scientists and other authorities backing the facts up by saying essentially the same thing; we're doomed if we don't change. Folks don't want to here that and even if things are not as dire as they're presented here, action is a necessity at this point. The most important thing that can come out of this is that people will talk and maybe read about this important subject, even if their research is a way for them to try and challenge the validity of anthropogenic global warming. Remember though, one of the film's most important points is that this is not a matter of faith, the overall subject is science and these assertions are based on observation, predictability, and above all evidence. We must all remember to let the evidence rise above the hype and the politics, no matter how boring it is to learn about or how scary it will be to understand the truth.
Mixed recommendation overall from me here, but for five dollars you really can't go wrong. Be sure to supplement your viewing with some informative literature on this material, so you are well-equipped to read between the lines. ...more info
- Buy this, watch this, share this film
Important information for humans to integrate into their lives. Don't stop here, though. This is just the tip of the iceberg. ...more info
- Face the reality!
A very frank and good documentary on how bad shape earth is in and everyone has to do something NOW! Time is running out......more info
- Does for Inconvenient Truth what Blue Gold does for water!
When I saw Inconvenient Truth, I felt I asked "where's the film?" It was a speech somebody famous was giving, but ultimately just a speech. 11th Hour is a FILM, which is what a documentary should be. Another great example of how powerful film can present facts is Blue Gold World Water Wars, which I also review and which has been called by press 'The Inconvenient Truth about water'. 11th Hour should be watched by all and I hope it gets the attention it deserves in a post-Inconvenient Truth world. ...more info
- Presents Targets
This film is the best of the bunch on the coming shutdown of human life on our planet unless humans cooperate, work together, and solve our probems of greed, envy, infantile self-interest, and lack of intelligent living. This film offers targets for those who have none, chances for commitment, and opportunities to do the most important work possible.
As a grandfather, I thank DiCaprio for producing this film, an addition to a needed awakening of all humans who want this life giving planet to last a while longer. ...more info
- "An Inconvenient Truth" for the Common Man
Mother's Day is getting close and for 40 plus years I've discouraged my kids from observing this lemming, corporate driven holiday. I've always seen it as a device perpetrated by advertising and merchandising executives to feather their bottom line at the expense of children. No matter that the "children" are in their 40's, they are still brainwashed into falling into lockstep at the local mall to purchase jewelry, flowers and candy for Mom on this contrived holiday. This year will be different for me. I've purchased 8 copies of this DVD (in it's eco-friendly packaging) and will be sending it away to each of my offsprings and a few significant others, asking that they give me 92 minutes of their time and watch this documentary.
It's "An Inconvenient Truth" for the common man. The lessons are easy to understand and the basic message is hard to deny. Corporate America is responsible for many of the ills of the world today. They give lip service to long range goals but the reality is that they can't see further than the next quarters bottom line. I'm asking my children to not conjure perconceived notions of what this films material will be and to not make a judgement until the film is over. I'm then not asking that they even buy into the doctrine - just accept that their mother does. After all these years, I want to have my day. bg...more info
- Don't Fear the Opposition; Use Them!
THE 11TH HOUR is a cautionary and doomsday documentary with a powerful line-up of intelligent men and women speaking to the destruction we as humans are doing to our planet Earth. Hosted by film star Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed) and with a stunning array of cross-cultural people backing up claims surrounding the terrible price of the human footprint on the globe (from Stephen Hawking to Michel Gorbachev and David Suzuki), the stories of doom and gloom will most likely make your hair stand on end.
Before we get into the meat and potatoes of this documentary, let me say that I believe in human causes for global warming. And that we have polluted -- and continue to pollute -- this pale blue dot we call home. Governmental apathy and greed have played a huge role within this problem, but so has the greed of your average Joe with a 401k (ever look at where your money is invested? Which stocks? Is Chevron or Mobil or Shell in there?).
The 11th Hour lays out a great set of problems facing us as a planet, not as individual nations. But what it failed horribly on is showing us those that don't believe what is being said by the ecological community. Yes, they probably are backed by Big Oil. Yes, they probably aren't looking at the scientific data and only the emotions behind them. But I still would've liked to have seen SOMEONE (anyone) with a dissenting opinion so that the documentary had a better balance to it. I've complained about this before, and I don't think it is beneficial to those with a genuine concern for the planet to simply eliminate opposition. I say take them on! So what if they have more money than you. So what if they can bend the ear of every Senator and Congressman in Washington. Let's see their faces and let us know who they are. Those DVD watchers with even half an intellect will be able to sort through the details and understand what is being done and by whom. Don't fear the opposition. Use them to your advantage. Show how weak their arguments are and put them into the debate.
That being said, the study of Earth's problems (from globalization to the destruction of species and habitat) is a hoary one. The advancing issues aren't going to go away as we use more fossil fuels, pump out more babies (no population controls), and desire more "things" that we feel will make us somehow better than the Joneses ...until nothing of humanity remains....more info
- Factual & Hopeful
The 11th Hour makes it all clear: we are simply a waste producing species-the only waste producing species-but not without hope. The little known discipline 'Biomimicry' offers one of the most sensible & exciting long-term solutions yet! And then there's Ray Anderson of Interface-the benchmark for a future! (and don't overlook the "Solutions" section on the DVD--key topics from the feature are explored in-depth...)
- Best Nap of My Life!! (but my friend liked it)
Don't see this movie unless the room is cold and you've got a lot of coffee at hand... and hard seats would come in handy. I didn't see much of it, just scientists trying to convince me to find real estate on another planet, but it just didn't grab me and I ended up sleeping through most of it.
My friend said it was sort of interesting (though his mind wandered a bit) and informative and not one of the typical "The world is going to blow up and it is the Republican's fault" dumbfests you usually expect to see of this genre. Though he said he got some thing out of it, he did admit it was rather slow and he was envious of my sleep....more info
- A Must See Movie
Although others I watched this movie with thought it was too long, I found that it had profound insights, elegantly expressed, and is well worth watching and discussing with family and friends. We are offering it, along with a panel discussion, to our congregation here in Los Angeles....more info
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