The 11th Hour 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 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,… 2007-08-17 PG PT91M Documentary Leonardo DiCaprio Warner Independent Pictures
Movie Review

The 11th Hour (2007)

MPAA Rating: PG
THE GREEN SCREEN Leonardo DiCaprio gathers experts to sound a global warning in The 11th Hour
Image credit: Chuck Castleberry
THE GREEN SCREEN Leonardo DiCaprio gathers experts to sound a global warning in The 11th Hour
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Limited Release: Aug 17, 2007; Rated: PG; Length: 91 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; With: Leonardo DiCaprio; 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-

Originally posted Aug 15, 2007 Published in issue #949-950 Aug 24, 2007 Order article reprints