Movie DVD Academy Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio presents more than 50 of theleading scientists, thinkers and leaders of our time -- from all overthe earth -- to discuss the state of the world, of humanity and what ... more »weall can do to make a difference in The 11th Hour. Climate change and thecollapse of life-sustaining ecosystems are the challenges of our time.As part of a years-long global movement, Leonardo DiCaprio brings afilm, a website and a world-wide effort to bring the peoples of theplanet together and change the course of humanity.« less
Josh T. from WAUCONDA, IL Reviewed on 10/13/2008...
Lester Brown, really? I don't remember seeing him in this film!
Far better to watch An Inconvenient Truth, or if you've already seen that flick, track down and check out "Suzuki Speaks", and watch that several times! It's a simply stunning assessment of the world situation by prominent Canadian scientist/spokesperson for the environment David Suzuki. You can buy a copy of it only direct from the documentary house which produced it; it's not on swapadvd for some tragic reason.
If you really want to get a Lester Brown fix, the best thing to do is visit the http://www.earthpolicy.org website, where you can download and read his latest book for free! "Plan B 3.0", as it's called, is the 3rd iteration of a book attempting to propose a comprehensive solution to the world's problems, and it's stunning! In summary, the world's social and political problems can be solved for a cost of about 1% annual world GDP, or about $190 Billion dollars per year.
No doubt the planet is dying, and we've perhaps until the 16th month of the next president of the US's term to make drastic changes to the world, according to James Hansen, prominent NASA scientist and Global Warming expert. We need to listen to the scientists.
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Terrifying, but also uplifting and motivating
Jordan Michel | Dallas, TX USA | 09/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Where AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH leaves off
KerrLines | Baltimore,MD | 08/31/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
THIS IS NOT JUST ANOTHER GLOBAL WARMING FILM...so let's start there! THIS IS NOT AL GORE,DEMOCRAT or REPUBLICAN...so let's say that! THIS IS NOT A BASHING FILM...so there is no excuse for anyone to not see it!
Anyone who follows the current trends in weather patterns,global warming,greenhouse gases and has seen 2006's Oscar winning AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH will not be a stranger to a lot of the material presented in this expertly crafted semi-doc narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio.What sets this film apart from it's predecessor is that real concrete solutions are brought to us and a great deal of the film concerns itself with renewable energy possibilities that are quite encouraging and challenging.If you want to do something more than what you have already done, then this film is for you.If you are a skeptic,go see it anyway and maybe this time you might be convinced that something IS terribly array with The Earth.
Yes, I am as "green" as I have been able to be in the last year (which has done wonders for pocketbook and self esteem!). This film takes you even further. If the future life of this planet is of any concern to you, THE 11TH HOUR will give you hope and determination to do all that you can reasonably do in order to hold back the hands of time from striking 12!We are the generation that can do something great instead of the generation that sees our planet extinguish itself.
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FILM.DO NOT MISS IT!5 STARS because it is a solid and excellently crafted film.(Forget it's DiCaprio if you don't care for him.This is not TITANIC...or is it?)"
Unfortunately no one saw this great film
Carbonadam | USA | 12/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
One word: Dissapointment ...
Steffan Piper | Palm Desert, CA | 05/15/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
Let me just give you some pros and cons, as that's what seems to work best in reviews for things like this:
1. Well written, well produced. This is a pretty slick presentation. 2. The running time is long enough to make a strong argument, but short enough to not put a casual viewer to sleep. 3. The soundtrack was gentle, austere and not too over-dramatic which would've obscured the telling of the narrative. 4. Leonardo DiCaprio, surprisingly, has a good voice for narration which isn't that bad to listen to, unlike other productions which can just turn a person away. 5. A lot of the diagrams, charts and animations are incredibly overwhelming and informative. This is a cleaner presentation than what was done in 'An Inconvenient Truth'. 6. The story presented flows well and is educational to anyone who hasn't yet heard any of this information. 7. $4.99 at Target was a fantastic price. Nice touch.
1. The strong endorsement of Biofuels, which is now a dead issue makes this DVD Documentary outdated, antiquated and seemingly foolish to have released without editing out. This drastically cuts into the credibility of this Documentary and thus a lower Amazon star rating. Leo is more of a victim of early adoption than anything, which is forgivable, but not something to overlook. 2. Overpopulation is mentioned a few times in the documentary, just to make rebuttal to the other reviewers, but only briefly and in passing. Overpopulation is not something that was focused on, which probably should have been the opening segment. To be fair though, the subject of Overpopulation is not something that the media mentions a lot, so it's not a surprise that Leo would've also overlooked it, as he's more of follower with this production than a leader. And a populist rather than a modern thinker. 3. There are many shots of Leo standing around observing the scenery in different locations throughout the World, which is something Orson Welles was fond of doing in his footage, but it just comes across as 'Where's Waldo', instead of adding to the narrative.
There it is in a nutshell. Hopefully that helps. I was able to get through to the end, where I was greeted by Coldplay, but I doubt I'd watch it again. Maybe his next effort on this subject will be more carefully thought out, but equally crafted.
Excellent viewpoint on conservation and ecology.
B. Kline | Palo Alto, CA, USA | 08/31/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are so many nasty comments about this before it even comes out, what kind of people want to attack ideas before they even know what they are?
I wanted to see this movie ever since I have seen the previews of it almost a year ago.
This movie follows in the format of the documentary "The Corporation" in that is has brief interview excerpts from lots of very bright people all talking about what humanity is doing to the Earth.
One focus in on temperature. Global Warming, Climate Change call it what you will, the concensus is explained to people in a way non-scientists can understand by scientists. One example is how the polar ice caps function to reflect some of the heat radiation from the Sun away from Earth out into space. As we warm the planet the polar ice caps melt and we lose this balance so that not only do we not reflect heat to space, we actually absorb more heat causing a positive feedback look. This system can push us past a tipping point from our nice comfortable zone of termperate stability into an unknown weather system that could conceivably take up to the extreme of our other to solar neighbors, Mars or Venus.
Another focus of this movie is human population which we all know is a problem. The problem is explored in terms of the net energy use by our species and the need to "mine" stored solar energy in the form of oil/coal since we surpassed the number of humans the Earth can comfortably support living on current solar energy the way we used to live in non-technological times.
Then some solutions are explored, and new terminology is explained. I have been familiar with these ideas and terms for a long time, but I was glad to see a well done popular explanation of them in documentary form that was not a political diatribe and in fact almost had a spiritual twist to it. Because that is what is going to be needed because as most scientists agree not only are we in the 11th hour, we are at the 59th minute of that hour and counting.
Humanity has to move fast, and it has to do something it has never done before and may not be capable of doing, and that is to change our nature and act like the intelligent creatures we purport to be rather than the unthining animals who foul their nests and destroy their habitat. "