The 11th Hour
Intelligent Solutions to Planetary Distress • Muenzinger Auditorium
From the heartbeat thumps that accompany a tumult of images signifying climate catastrophe to the drumbeat clamor serenading the closing shots of a restless sky, The 11th Hour has no time for subtlety. Rather, this activist documentary — alternately impassioned, despairing, edifying, and hectoring about all the ways humans are screwing up the earth in a death rattle of hubris — shouts, People, do something! In contrast, An Inconvenient Truth feels positively hushed.
For star value, Leonardo DiCaprio narrates, and there are handsome shots of him contemplating a fragile ocean. But the real, unlikely stars of the film, written and directed by sisters Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners, are the articulate experts, a raft of them riding a swelling tide of educational and environmental organizations. They wash in and out to explain just how dire our eco-predicament is. And they advise that although time is running out, there's still a chance for individuals who are not ExxonMobil fat cats to make a difference by, I think, eating local carrots and using those compact fluorescent bulbs that cast such harsh and insufficient light. (L. Schwarzbaum)
The 11th Hour
Sponsored by CU Environmental Center
Thu January 31, 2008, 7:00 & 9:15, Muenzinger Auditorium
USA, in English, Color, USA:95 min, 1.85 : 1 • official site