Monday, March 30, 2015

Racing Extinction Movie Review

Is This the End? 

Environmental Film Festival Plot: Scientists believe we have entered the sixth major extinction event in Earth’s history and predict that we may lose half the species on the planet by the end of the century. Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, a team of artists and activists risk their lives to show never- before-seen images that expose issues of endangered species and mass extinction. Whether infiltrating notorious black markets with guerrilla-style tactics or exploring the scientific causes affecting changes to the environment, Racing Extinction calls attention to our impact on the planet and seeks to inspire solutions that will ensure a thriving planet for future generations. Directed by Louie Psihoyos. Produced by Oceanic Preservation Society.

Racing Extinction joins Food, Inc. as the two most important documentaries of this century. It's a bit severe, "Humanity has become the asteroid," but Psihoyos' doc makes a strong case for change, while shedding light on various man-made horrors that threaten our very existence... now. It may boil down to "simple economics," but the sight of 10-20,000 shark fins in one place at one time is downright shocking. Racing Extinction is simultaneously heartbreaking, informative and scary... yet compelling throughout. Jane Goodall reminds us, "Without hope, we fall into apathy." Psihoyos provides hope, with a stern wake-up call. A must-see.

Grade: A-