Published Aug 23, 2007If the Inconvenient Truth, Al Gores cautionary telling of the science of climate change, opened a few eyes, The 11th Hour will pry them wide, forcing them to witness the multitude of atrocities committed by humans perpetuating the existence of a culture that supports short-sighted, selfish goals.
To bring public attention to the effects of industry on the planets ecosystems, Leonardo DiCaprio uses his star power and deep pockets to narrate and finance this bold project. Lending great credibility to the information presented, the filmmakers have assembled the most authoritative panel of speakers possible to state the case. Recognisable, visionary thinkers David Suzuki, Stephen Hawkin and green business revolutionary Paul Hawken examine the cause and effect at play in humanitys struggle against its tendency towards self-destruction through the misguided persecution of our natural habitat.
Much of our cultural heel dragging is attributed to a blind faith in science to provide all the answers without actually having to alter our culture. Though the juxtaposed images of awe-inspiring natural beauty and horrific destruction and waste made by man create a crushingly ominous picture, the participants in The 11th Hour offer some of the most fascinating and optimistic examples of practical and entirely plausible methods of turning the tide towards sustainability. A dance club powered by the kinetic motion of dancers via energy converters in the floor is just one of the "so obvious it hurts that its not in use methods displayed for creating a self-sustaining energy system.
While the cold truth of extinction evinced by our treatment of nature as a bottomless piggy bank is devastating, The 11th Hour aims to rile the viewer into action with the hopeful sentiment that we are on the cusp of a new way of living, and its our generation that has the ultimate opportunity and responsibility to redesign our culture for more harmonious and long-lasting life on this planet. (Warner Independent)