Stills of "The 11th Hour"
(Courtesy from Warner Bros)
Genre: Documentary Director: Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia
Conners Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio (narrator) RunTime:
1 hr 35 mins Released By: Warner Bros Rating: PG Official Website:www.11thhourfilm.com
Opening Day: 1 November 2007
The 11th Hour describes the last moment when change is possible.
The film explores how humanity has arrived at this moment
– how we live, how we impact the earth’s ecosystems,
and what we can do to change our course. The film features
dialogues with experts from all over the world, including
former Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, renowned scientist
Stephen Hawking, former head of the CIA R. James Woolsey and
sustainable design experts William McDonough and Bruce Mau
in addition to over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders
who present the facts and discuss the most important issues
that face our planet.
There is a poignant interview segment in this documentary
which made me re-think about how I’ve been leading my
life: The interviewee talks about how we have been waking
up every day, worrying about going to work, worrying about
our career prospects, worrying about our houses and other
about quality living and discovering the true meaning of our
existence with Mother Nature? Especially at the worrying rate
we are destroying the planet we live in?
must have heard this countless times – If we don’t
start conserving energy and taking care of Earth, we are only
accelerating our own destruction. And here it is, Leonardo
DiCaprio does an Al Gore to produce and narrate this timely
documentary about how we have neglected and abused our planet,
and what we can do to halt this irresponsible act.
to Davis Guggenheim’s Oscar winner An
Inconvenient Truth (2006) will be inevitable. While the
environmentalist vehicle for Gore was personal and accessible,
this latest conservation documentary to hit the big screen
presents you with lots of scientific factual information,
news archival footage and many, many, many (and we really
mean it) talking heads.
Ausubel, Michel Gelobter, Thom Hartmann, Paul Hawken, William
McDonough – do any of these names ring a bell? Featuring
over 50 interviewees who represent the frontline of environmental
conservation, this 95-minute picture is a no-nonsense presentation
of what horrifying things can happen to us if we don’t
take care of the planet we live in. The well-researched documentary
does not only terrify you with the dire consequences, it offers
practical solutions and ideas on how we can better take care
of our planet Earth.
how is this watching this documentary in the cinemas different
from reading up thick textbooks and opinion articles in newspapers?
DiCaprio’s sincerity is definitely one factor that makes
this picture more engaging than it sounds. And as you are
drawn into the terrible things we have been doing to Earth
(and ultimately, ourselves), you’d be following the
interviewees’ responses and comments on how there is
an urgent need to turn back at the titular 11th hour (to make
things sound really pressing, it’s “the 11th hour,
59th minute and 59th second).
it’s the power of propaganda in films, maybe it’s
the powerful archival images in nature-related documentaries,
or maybe it’s pure guilt that I’m totally convinced
that we should be concerned about the issue of global warming.
But hopefully, by the time you walk out of the theatre, you’d
realize that the problem is not as simple as the term “global
warming”, it’s the whole culture of how humans
have been thinking all these centuries.
it’s time to make changes.
(The honest and well-explored documentary
reminds us that human and nature have always been a part,