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The 11th HourFrom the heartbeat thumps that accompany a tumult of images signifying climate catastrophe to the drumbeat clamor serenading the closing shots of a...The 11th HourDocumentaryPT91MPGFrom the heartbeat thumps that accompany a tumult of images signifying climate catastrophe to the drumbeat clamor serenading the closing shots of a...2007-08-15Warner Independent Pictures

(Chuck Castleberry)

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The 11th Hour

Genre: Documentary; Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio; Release Date Limited: 08/17/2007; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 91; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Warner Independent Pictures

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. B-

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