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Plot: A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet. Runtime: 96 mins Release Date: 30 Oct 2016
The movie is nicely and simply narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio with scientific facts and very touching pictures of what it is happening around the world. He talks to many scientist, activists, and finally politicians around the world. By showing how life of many people is already affected by the global warming, he tries to be a voice for them and the next generation. There are a lot of scenes, beautiful and sad, of earth and how global warming is changing them, arctic's melting and the ecosystems being ruined in seas and jungles. In one scene, Leonardo interviews the astronaut Piers Sellers <more>
and he shows the map of earth and how temperature is changing! Looking at earth from above, our only home, urges you to take action!
Forget egos, forget who's who. That's not what this is about.The message of this documentary film is to save our planet. Each country, each continent. Our home.You are taken on a worldwide tour of diverse ecological systems. You are shown how people are already struggling due to the destruction and greed of man. You will see how our consumerism contributes to this disaster in the waiting. Watch the evidence and see the consequences of global warming for yourself. This is powerful and sobering viewing. It has made me realize how I personally can take positive action to help prevent the <more>
destruction of our planet. Collectively, we can make a difference. Wherever you live in the world, you can decide to have a role to play. Our elected leaders will act if enough of the people they govern make this issue a top priority.Give one hour and a half of your time, then make your own mind up.
Worthy successor to An Inconvenient Truth but who cares? (by organicsocial)
Leonardo DiCaprio didn't ever strike me as a cynical man. His on screen and off screen presence has mostly been too well measured for that. So much so that when he finally won an Oscar, people seemed more elated than him. Somehow, Leo has managed to elude his fans despite his A-list status and highly popular movies. What is more peculiar is how he balances his personal life which includes his supermodel girlfriends with his public life where he is UN ambassador for environmental causes. This dual persona is amply exhibited in this documentary film which is shot simultaneously while he was <more>
working on The Revenant. How he mishmashes his Oscar winning role in the movie with this piece of eco-horror documentary for National Geography is enough evidence of his sincerity in the matter. Nonetheless, Before the Flood stands a very good chance of being sidetracked as just another high profile celebrity effort to bring global warming to the center stage. Not unlike 'An Inconvenient Truth' that had Al Gore try the same exactly a decade ago , Leonardo's effort has very little chance of propelling any real change. Probably he realizes that himself when he aptly says "Try to initiate a conversation with anyone about environment, they just tune off". Its available for free on YouTube and I've been telling everyone to watch it. I'm yet to hear from anyone who actually did and what they think of it. There... you have it. The all so familiar apathy.No doubt Leo has made this film at huge personal risk. Forget the large oil interests and what they can do to his career. Whatever few friends and hot girlfriends he has, might abandon him for turning into this hippy, tree-hugging, environment doomsayer. I hope not. Lord bless his heart for he has tried to do the right thing. Well, as for the dangers of brushing shoulders with politicians and policy makers, the fact is that it doesn't always go well for filmstars. There have been many instances of that. Time will tell whether Leo steers clear of all the muddy waters there. As for President Obama, he has already packed his bags. All he could muster up on this issue is his concern that his kids would not be able to see the glaciers like he did when he visited Greenland or some such place. Oh and the more practical concern is the hoards of displaced population potentially headed towards US who may affect the way of life there. As he says "It's a matter of national security!". An opinion I'm sure many rich nations and historically the biggest polluters share. It's a good thing that this is on tape now because it will surely be cited in the future as a glaring example of how global leaders were out of touch with the reality while the world receded into a Mad Max like insanity. Its a shocking revelation indeed. Leo goes to many places in the world to see firsthand, the effects of climate change. He encounters many incidents and he concludes that it is incredibly difficult to turn around now but there's still hope. Probably, you've heard this all before but the presentation is brilliant. No wonder Martin Scorcese is the executive producer on this one. There are some really high impact visuals and the writing is taught. The interviews are well shot and the people brought on board have done a fantastic job. Also, it blatantly points fingers at some companies that are not often criticized on a mainstream documentary like this. How the public reacts to this is a whole different thing. I already threw up when I went down the comments section on YouTube. Of the two things that were most interesting in the documentary, one was how Leonardo almost got scolded by a little Indian lady. Poor Leo. After-all he does come from a country where many prominent leaders out-rightly deny global warming for corporate interests. The second thing that came as a surprise was the scientific proof of how inefficient beef is, as a form of food. To those Indians who shout slogans against beef ban in India, they should really watch this documentary to judge it for themselves. Its not funded by the "Hindu" agenda if that's your concern. Cow, mother or not, does not make for a conscientious dietary option. As to the actionable steps that we can take to prevent a catastrophic climate change, there are subtle hints throughout the documentary. Suggestions are being presented in a factual manner to really let people decide what, when and how they can best contribute to solving the issues. Environment has been ravaged by us for over 3-4 centuries and we are nearing a 'tipping point'. That much is certain. Our ever-growing needs are also certain. Poverty can't be solved without industrialization and that can't happen without polluting the environment. High cost of green technology makes it difficult to implement where it is most needed. Those who are sitting on the fence follow the ones who can afford it but those who can afford going green are reluctant to adapt because they find it cheaper to run on fossil fuels. There are a lot of catch-22s in there. At the end it becomes a black comedy of sorts where small island nations are forced to buy lands in other countries because their home is sinking right now. No more time for "10 year studies" people! Don't listen to me, listen to the Pope. Forget gay rights and human cloning. What he says about environment is right. Listen to Leo, he really did put his heart in making this film. Watch it and share it and maybe, just maybe, try to do something about it. I'll do so too.
A well made documentary with a clear and accomplished goal (by filipe-pascoa)
Being the objective of this documentary to raise awareness and support DiCaprio's activity as a "UN messenger of peace" and environmental activist, I believe it really achieved its goal as it is truly a breathtaking, eye-opening film which urges the viewer to strive for a change.Throughout the documentary we are presented with shocking information, images and educated people's opinion on the matter like world leaders and scientists which adds credibility to it. Leonardo DiCaprio and his team do not spare criticism on some of the biggest countries like the US policies and <more>
on the fossil fuel industry.Leo's charisma and ability to persuade and entertain the public allied to his drive as an environmental activist just leaves you glued to your seat thinking what can you do to make a change. I believe this really is the kind of information that should be more out there and DiCaprio's celebrity-status, as well as all the other people interviewed, is great for visibility.If anything, I just wish this was a mini-series to know even more about this issue the world is facing, which might just be the biggest one it ever did...
In the end, it's not about who pollutes more or less, we all have to make a personal change of lifestyle and mindset. I know i'm no where close to an ideal amount of consumption, but I want to try just a little harder to be more mindful of what I put into the environment and become a better steward of our beautiful planet and people. Great film. Very serious tones and messages throughout, but anything short of serious wouldn't make any real change, in my opinion. Being able to see some of the various examples of how fossil fuel, coal, and energy consumption negatively effects the <more>
environment reinforced the core messages very well. There was quite a lot of focus on DiCaprio in both face time with the cameras and the spotlight of the work that he has been doing in this field, but it is overshadowed by the bigger picture, which is addressing the problem that climate change poses on humanity and actually taking action.
DiCaprio does a great documentary. Very honest and informative. (by subxerogravity)
A well laid out doc by Leo DiCaprio and Fisher Stevens about the world we are facing today.From the moment the movie opens we get a little glimpse at Leo's life as he talks about a Bosh painting that his father hung on the top of his crib, that started his passion for environmental issues. From then on, we realize that his documentary is not just for us it was for him as well.Leo does not try to make himself out as an environmental expert. This is something I admire greatly about the documentary. A lot of us are being influenced on both sides of the argument about the climate change, and <more>
when Leo became the UN Ambassador of peace for this topic, he knew he needed to study up on the process, so he did it with Before the Flood. Leo travels all over the world to discover just how bad the problem actually is and what we can do to stop it.But this doc is all about informing. Leo does not pretend to have the answers by a long shot. One of my fav parts of this movie was a discussion Leo has with an environmentalist from India whose calling out the United States for their part in Global Warming. Leo never defends his home country only comes clean about how realistic or unrealistic it is for America to go clean.There was this one part of the film where Leo meets with his agricultural guy telling me that America needs to change it's diet. Pretty much telling me that I need to stop buying things like Doritos, which is a small part of a big picture, and by odd coincidence, I just happen to have a big bag of cool ranch in my lap. Granted, it would not hurt my waist line to give up the nachos, but there are other food products that poor Americans like myself would starve if they suddenly disappeared. Proving that this environmental issue for me anyway is not a black and white issue. Leo created something that does what a documentary is suppose to do. His agenda was to inform you about the climate change and that's what he does, and he does it without having to make anyone look evil well not too evil anyway . it's all about laying out the facts and seeing what we can do with that info.Much respect.
Informative, and hopefully it reaches its target audience (by peefyn)
I am glad that this documentary was made, even though I felt it was talking to someone other than me. The movie is focused on America even though what it preaches is relevant all over the world , and much of the information is not really ground breaking if you are already concerned about the environment. I am not complaining about this, as that is probably the best target audience to try to reach for a documentary like this. There's no reason to make more documentaries preaching to the choir.The documentary itself is mostly well made. Leonardo travels from one place to the other, and <more>
talks with some big names. Some of it feels kind of irrelevant, and the best parts is when Leonardo talks with people who are not that famous, especially the one subject that shows her frustration. Some of the places he travels are interesting to see, though it's mostly quick visits, and at times they feel more like backdrops than important set pieces. Despite the documentary jumping from one theme to the next, it holds together quite well, and Leonardo's journey functions well as a mean to take the viewer through all the information.Personally I would have liked a documentary that was a bit more science heavy, maybe like a combination of the nature trips that Leonardo goes on here, and the presentation from Al Gore's film. But I can understand why they went in the direction they went here, and I hope it resonates with a lot of people that have not thought much about this.
Really straight forward & well put together documentary on Climate Change (by Finny_75)
Really straight forward & well put together documentary on Climate Change by national geographic. Leo does a great job with the interviews of scientists, politicians and global figures that are insightful and honest.Listen out for the Solid sound track, produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, a collaboration between Reznor, Ross, Mogwai, and Gustavo Santaolalla. The combination of such hard hitting sounds and striking visuals sees this doco resonate with alarming urgency that's both somber and beautiful.As an Australian who's traveled the world and seen the realities of man <more>
made climate change and heard the global consensus on the science time and time again. The fact that its existence and the dire impetus for action is still being debated in the United States is of concern.Sobering indeed in light of the absence of the issue of climate change in the both media and the debates during this US election. Still, the message of the film isn't without hope but it's most certainly contrasted against harsh realities.
Beyond the Flood: Reflection and Analysis (by Sparse)
Note: This review is adapted from a paper written for a class.Though remaining in the shadow of the paramount An Inconvenient Truth, National Geographic's 2016 climate change documentary Before the Flood is more important than ever. With all mentions of climate change getting stripped away from government websites and budget reforms, the education of the unconvinced isn't only urgent, but imperative for survival. Narrated by Leonardo Dicaprio, the film takes a look at how anthropogenic climate change impacts the environment, exploring various parts of the world to demonstrate its <more>
drastic and unsettling effects.The film's primary metaphor for humanity's relationship with climate change is the renowned painting of the Garden of Earthly Delights, by Hieronymus Bosch. The first panel of the illustration is pure and peaceful, representing simplicity and purity. This is presumed to be the film's way of representing the pre-industrial revolution world, unadulterated by machines and technology. The second panel depicts humanity indulging in life's recreations, blinding them to imminent threats spawned from their own comfort. This symbolizes humanity's unrelenting pollution, wastefulness, and unwillingness to change. The final panel is the future, a landscape ravaged of beauty and replaced by an unraveling humanity and a burning wasteland—a depiction of Earth in a matter of decades, or the part where humanity's flesh boils off their bones, if you will. The film is structured so that it is bookended with narration on the painting, with Dicaprio explaining his personal connection with the work, as well as its broader applications. Alongside the painting comes segments from his speech at the climate conference, connecting the dots between metaphor and reality so the significance is not overlooked, almost as if he is crafting the frames around our own metaphorical panel in the painting. In the body of the film, Dicaprio observes weather instruments once solidly planted in thick layers of ice now, melted away. If NASA's satellite photographs weren't enough to convince skeptics that the ice caps weren't growing which they aren't , this'll hopefully do the trick. The film explores other struggles as well, such as India resolving to use coal as it's cheap and accessible, and if the United States won't switch away from fossil fuels, why should a significantly poorer country do it? Countries such as China follow similar logic, seeing their current levels of pollution as justified when compared to America's long history of environmental neglect. This situation demonstrates why America needs to be a leader when it comes to green energy. Substantially more concerning is the segment on flooding from a Florida town. The town officials are shown trying to receive funding to combat this flooding, however, not only are the town's officials prohibited from bringing this issue to the governor, but all mention of climate change in state legislation has been banned. This is the film's way of pointing out the dire need to combat ignorance of climate change, as its reach and impact extends far beyond the United States.The presentation of the film is at times very formal, but at others sweeping and hauntingly gorgeous. This works largely from the contrast between earth's natural beauty and mankind's warping of it, like the center panel of The Garden of Earthly Delights. Besides that, the camera-work is fairly straightforward and formal, as one might expect from a documentary. The Music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross provides an atmosphere-heavy score that is tonally beautiful yet deeply depressing. Though I resent the duo to a degree for snubbing John Powell's academy award in 2012, the score is effective, and deserves credit where credit is due. It sets an eerily beautiful post- apocalyptic timbre, mirroring the cinematography and the reality of the situation. The score does not contain anything particularly memorable or offer much in the way of thematic development, but in the absence of a narrative, this is not particularly detrimental. As for the film's main flaws, it was arguably lacking in proposed solutions when compared to fore-mentioned problems. Climate change is a problem that has progressed so deeply that changing light bulbs and taking the bus isn't going to stop the exponential warming, much less make an impact. Our best odds, unsettlingly, are likely with geoengineering/climate hacking: though it's understandably difficult to motivate regular people to take action of such scientific ambiguity and precariousness. The most unconvincing aspect of the film besides that was unfortunately Leonardo Dicaprio. As a presumably wealthy individual, the issues regarding the funding of climate change initiatives seem like a medium he would be rather significantly qualified combat with his resources, beyond simply co-producing a film. Reports that Dicaprio used private helicopters and jets for transportation while making the film did not help, and his lifestyle is an unfortunate juxtaposition with his efforts on this film. A similar argument could be made to a lesser extent with Al Gore in An Inconvenient Truth, with the whole charade about Gore owning a large house and a limousine, though that film is arguably profound enough to better justify the behind-the-scenes contradictions. I don't want to hold these lifestyle hypocrisies against these individuals too much however, since they are still trying motivate people on a large scale to initiate change.This film isn't one designed to convince skeptics that climate change is real, as scientifically there aren't enough credentials to validate that debate. The film assumes that you're on the same page scientifically, and if you're not that you'd at least accept the reality of the aforementioned worldly struggles. I already had a deep understanding climate change's inner workings, so it didn't expand my knowledge substantially, but rounded it out nonetheless. Despite that want for change is inherent in the subject at hand, they still utilize imagery and metaphors in an impactful way. So, despite the film's imperfections, it still makes a strong case for preventing reality from turning into the third panel of the Garden of Earthly Delights.