THE 11TH HOUR

The 11th Hour Movie Review

PG, 95 min, 2007

Directors: Leila Conners (as Leila Conners Petersen), Nadia Conners
Writers: Leila Conners (as Leila Conners Petersen), Nadia Conners, Leonardo DiCaprio
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kenny Ausubel, Thom Hartmann

The 11th Hour is a documentary as well-intentioned and intelligent as it is boring and redundant.

The earth is in trouble. We are tumbling toward an apocalypse of our own creation – perhaps not the literal end of the world, but the end of our world as we know it. We are in the midst of a growing global ecological crisis the likes of which we have never seen before, and if we don’t take drastic measures to stop it, we are most likely going to implode…or something.

Leonardo DiCaprio produced, co-wrote and narrates the film, written and directed by Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners. Their intentions are noble, as they try to point us in the right direction toward averting an unnatural disaster of our own devising. The problem is, what we have here is fairly standard footage of all sorts of out of doors, beautifully shot for the most part (if apparently stock in nature). This footage is intercut with endless interviews with tons of “experts” in their fields who basically agree – we’re all in trouble. These “experts” include Stephen Hawking, and even Mikhail Gorbachev. They should’ve enlisted Al Gore.

Oh wait! He actually has already made this film. Remember? It was called An Inconvenient Truth (2006). It wasn’t quite so tedious, it showed you what he was talking about instead of just intercutting the droning monotones of talking heads (underscored with dramatic music) with random shots of “horrific” climate change in action. Come to think of it, rent that instead. It’s great!

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