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The Green Life: Movie Review Friday: The 11th Hour

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March 26, 2010

Movie Review Friday: The 11th Hour

Escape to the movies with one of our Movie Review Friday selections. Each week we review a film with an environmental theme that’s currently in theaters or available on DVD. Seen a good eco-flick lately? Send us a short review and look for it in the next Movie Review Friday.

The 11th Hour (2007)

Available on DVD

The 11th Hour is an information-soaked documentary about current environmental trends, melded with a brainstorm's worth of ideas to break our eco-hazardous habits. The film uses more than 50 researchers, scientists, and environmentalists to drive home the immediacy of the threat that we're posing to our own lifestyle.

Narrated and partly written by Leonardo DiCaprio, it lacks the high-drama entertainment value we've come to expect when we see his name attached to a film. But it's very clear early on that DiCaprio and his co-star Thom Hartmann weren't targeting viewers in search of a date-night flick. Images of climate-change impacts, including shots of Hurricane Katrina victims, set the tone. The shock value is apparent: You get thrown into The 11th Hour's dark world, then realize it's actually our world.

Viewers can't help but compare this film with Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth; they both paint quite unflattering portraits of how humans treat nature. However, The 11th hour includes a broader range of perspectives and, while Gore's film focuses fully on climate change, DiCaprio's delves into other threats, including extinction and water shortages.

--Nicholas Mukhar


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