The 11th Hour (I) (2007)

PG   |    |  Documentary


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A look at the state of the global environment including visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet's ecosystems.


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Directors:

Leila Conners , Nadia Conners

Writers:

Leila Conners, Nadia Conners, Leonardo DiCaprio

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4 October 2007 | jemps918
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| Inevitable comparisons will be made...
Inevitable comparisons will be made with Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, and so we might as well go ahead with it.

The 11th Hour starts off with terrifying the audience, in contrast to Gore's more introspective calm before the storm. Gore also interjects humor and his own personality into a documentary about his own crusade, while DiCaprio's is more straightforward, inundating the audience with mind-numbing facts and portents of doom. He also doesn't focus attention to his own personality but stays merely a narrator.

The 11th Hour is more comprehensive, drawing from various sources, but lacks breathing room to digest each infoload periodically dumped on screen. It decides to interject these pockets of space for reflection far too late, already in the middle of the reel.

DiCaprio's narration is also a disappointment. He is great eye candy that serves to pull the crowd to the theater, a terrific actor and is capable of memorizing tomes of text in his movies, but in his own documentary, his eyes too obviously dart left to right at a teleprompter, which loses the impact and earnestness he needs to communicate and connect to the audience. Meanwhile, the less-physically appealing Gore successfully portrays himself in Rocky-like fashion, valiantly trudging on in his uphill battle, which makes the audience identify with and root for him.

To The 11th Hour's credit, it offers more solutions on an individual level than Gore's. Despite the fragmented expositions of its well-meaning interview subjects, it offers hope and a heroic sense of optimism that we can still do something about the issue.

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Release Date:

10 October 2007

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,853 19 August 2007

Gross USA:

$707,343

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$985,207

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