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-