The 11th Hour

The 11th Hour

(2008)

Turn mankind's darkest hour into its finest.

Leonardo DiCaprio presents a documentary on the state of the Earth in light of global warming and climate change, including visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet's ecosystems. ... More

The film explores how humanity is in the 11th hour; how we live, how we impact the earth's ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course. Features dialogues with experts from all over the world, including former Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, former head of the CIA R. James Woolsey and sustainable design experts William McDonough and Bruce Mau in addition to over 50 leading scientists.

Says the filmmakers: "Drought. Famine. Severe flooding. Record rainfall. Hurricanes. Acid rain. The highest average temperatures in recorded history. Catastrophe is reported on the nightly news as isolated incidents. But are these incidents isolated, or pieces of a larger global puzzle that could unlock humanity's future?"Hide

Flicks Review

Leonardo DiCaprio's The 11th Hour is a kind of companion piece to An Inconvenient Truth. If Al Gore's documentary tried to convince you global warming is happening and because of us; Leo reckons you should be very afraid, but also excited by the potential to fix it in an intelligent and creative way.

Say the words "global warming" to my dad, and before you get to the 'ing' he's gone red and his previously normal looking forehead has sprouted bulbous veins. He doesn't deny the world's getting hotter, but he's absolutely certain humans aren't to blame. It's "cyclical", you see. And if you're looking to force people or business to be more environmentally responsible you can rot in hell. So by the time The 11th Hour gives a round house kick to the face of the economy and people's obsession with consumerism, they've lost this audience well and truly.

It won't convince skeptics otherwise, and it shouldn't – it's just a documentary that presents a point of view. Maybe dad and the anti-greens are right, maybe they're wrong. But regardless, one shouldn't just write off an opposing argument. So for those interested in the topic, The 11th Hour is a well presented and enlightening documentary.

There is little in the way of dazzling graphics here, it's basically talking heads intercut with footage ranging from the emotional to the factual. Leo, looking very dapper, is sprinkled throughout introducing shifts in topic. It's an informational assault, and is constantly thought provoking, if a little hard to take it all in at once.

The documentary claims we're using more than we have, and more than we can sustainably produce. Hence, there's a breaking point and it's approaching fast. It also makes a good case that the problem's root isn't the polluting or the emissions but people's rampant consumerism. A mindset of get get get, buying stuff we don't need, made of plastics and unfriendly materials, and biffing it all in the tip when we're done with it. Taking more than we give.

The films main point on an encroaching environmental disaster is put best by activist Oren Lyons. He says if we mess this up, its no biggie for the Earth – it'll just toss humans off and life with eventually find a way and rejuvenate without us. "Earth has all the time in the world," he says, "we don't."

But it's not all about feeling like disgusting, life-sucking slobs leeching off limited resources. Once the recap on the hows and whys is over, the film looks to the future. This is the documentary's best part, and frustratingly brief. Designers and architects talk about how the future can be a sustainable one. It's inspiring to see that with foresight, imagination and ingenuity we could not only live in harmony with the environment, but actually enhance it. For instance: a building that works like a tree, that's powered by the sun, recycles water, and uses its waste. A building that, like a tree, gives more than it takes. They're working on it. Next, you get a city that works like a forest. Good stuff, team.


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This is not a review, that is to follow once I've seen the movie. However, having read of the Flicks reviewers baiting of his dad, seems to me there's more to be said.
I understand (and share) that dad's frustration. to be constantly and probably loudly confronted by thoughtlessly regurgitated politically conspired deception matras who's only support come from proven junk science can be brow bulging. It is they who seek to rule over and control the lives of the rest of us and who dismiss... More without consideration those who "dare to produce counter information or relevant science"as heretics. It is they who demean not just the value of human thought, BUT also the value of a cause worthy of mass support. That cause is NOT the mindless perpetuation of PC support for anthropogenic warming that cannot be changed, influencially reduced or eliminated somehow if planes stop flying,or cows stopped farting, BUT the all important anti-polution, anti -waste and anti litter messages.
I doubt that the flicks reviewer's dad is anti-green as proposed just because he dares to search more broadly and question more deeply.
I will be very interested in the quality and integrity of the message in this film.
I have hopes the it will not follow the argument path of many of those who have gone before, like Al gore who's main objective is progressively proving more personal than environmental, or the socialist politicians who's driver is the creation of fear for their own ends too.
I will consider it's message (pity the pedlars of the current PC claptrap fear generating message dont intelligently do that for the counter to their position).
If there to be any substance to the man-induced climate change argument then surely a major impact would arise if the prime pedlars (politicians and big names like Gore)stopped their contributions to the "problem" by getting out of their jets and shutting down the own anthropogenic emmisions (closing their upper orifices).
The words of HL Mencken say it much better than I;
"the whole aim of modern politics is to keep the populace alarmed and hence clamorous to be led to safety by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginery. THE URGE TO SAVE HUMANITY IS ALWAYS A FALSE FRONT FOR THE URGE TO RULE IT"Hide


While some may lament the growing number of celebrities jumping on the green wagon, DiCaprio has always been a green advocate. Al Gore paid The 11th hour the greatest compliment by telling everyone who reads his blog that they should go and see The 11th Hour.

The film is powerful in its imagery, stellar int its incredible panel of speakers and while ti appears all bleak in the forecasts, it takes you back to the point where you realise that the power is in you own hands - we have to look... More after ourselves and the people around us to be able affect change.Hide


The Press Reviews

67% of critics recommend.
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  • There are some chilling facts - a survey of American children showed they could identify 100 corporate logos but only 10 different plants and animals - but no amount of Clockwork Orange-style imagery and soundtrack eclecticism can hide that this is more a call for Americans to vote Democrat than to reduce their own carbon footprint. Full Review

  • Nothing new under the increasingly hotter sun, but still relevant... Full Review

  • An impassioned ecology-themed documentary that ultimately is more rewarding for informational than cinematic reasons... Full Review

  • Thankfully for audiences, 11th Hour is not without hope. The filmmakers save the most exhilarating portion for last when they ask what's being done about the problems... Full Review

  • Some of the interviews were great, and at times poignant. Especially hearing from Stephen Hawking, who has a knack for expressing the relevance of scientific issues. Unfortunately some of the interviews were meandering and borderline irrelevant, like the church reverend who made a brief philosophical comment then never appeared again (thankfully)... Full Review

  • The 11th Hour is a bit like "An Inconvenient Truth" at Woodstock: a little spacey, a little preoccupied with self-love and prone to the occasional freakout... Full Review

  • True to its doom-laden title, global-warming doc "The 11th Hour" presents the viewer with reams of depressing data, loads of hand-wringing about the woeful state of humanity and, finally, some altogether fascinating ideas about how to go about solving the climate crisis. Co-produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, this latest exercise in celebrity eco-activism lacks the personal touch that helped "An Inconvenient Truth" go green at the box office, but audiences might warm to its layered insights and polished presentation... Full Review

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