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The 11th Hour Review


Excellent
Since the inevitable comparisons have already been made between last year's Al Gore lecture on climate change, An Inconvenient Truth, and The 11th Hour, Leonardo DiCaprio's dissertation on looming environmental catastrophe, let's go ahead and make one ourselves: The 11th Hour is better. While DiCaprio's film benefits in some ways from following in the wake of Gore's film -- namely, it doesn't feel the need to prove whether or not human behavior, like adding massive amounts of CO2 to the atmosphere, is having an adverse effect on the planet -- it cannot be seen merely as a me-too follow-up. Although starting on a too-obvious note with the familiar style of horrific destruction montage that usually accompanies evening news reports (titled something like, "Is Earth Angry With Us?"), the film quickly regains its footing and delivers its (at times revolutionary) message in a skilled, learned, and accessible manner. To make an obvious point, Al Gore delivered his filmed lecture with the same kind of gentle, careful assurance that characterized his 2000 presidential campaign. By comparison, The 11th Hour, in which DiCaprio takes a conspicuous backseat to all his assembled experts and only pops up occasionally for a few lines of narration to bring us to the next major subject, has little such compunction. This is a film that wraps its message around a hurled brick.

The 11th Hour takes its title from a couple of themes which are woven throughout, both the extremely short duration of humanity's time on the planet when compared to the Earth's total history, and also the extraordinarily short amount of time remaining in which we as a society have to effect change. In one of the film's more pungent lines, we're told that humanity faces a "convergence of crises," many of which have by that point already been enumerated in graphic detail. The omnibus of threats laid out by the cavalcade of researchers and activists (as well as less expected types like ex-CIA director James Woolsey) brought forward by the filmmakers are legion, and whereas most viewers are well aware of them through a variety of different sources, rarely have they been woven together into such an all-encompassing portrait of a species run amok.

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Bug (2002) Review


OK
It's a cute little indie, but I feel like I've seen the interlocking-stories-based-on-unintended-consequences bit a few too many times already. In Bug it's played mainly for goofs, as a kid squashes a roach, gets a lecture from a stranger, who gets a parking ticket, and so and and so on. It becomes more absurd as we go along, though its earnestness will make you squirm a bit. The best moments are the little touches, which happen any time Jamie Kennedy is on screen.

Bug Review


OK
It's a cute little indie, but I feel like I've seen the interlocking-stories-based-on-unintended-consequences bit a few too many times already. In Bug it's played mainly for goofs, as a kid squashes a roach, gets a lecture from a stranger, who gets a parking ticket, and so and and so on. It becomes more absurd as we go along, though its earnestness will make you squirm a bit. The best moments are the little touches, which happen any time Jamie Kennedy is on screen.
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