The 11th Hour (2007)

Genre(s): Documentary
Warner Brothers || PG - 92 minutes - $4.99 || April 8, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-04-17


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
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Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Nadia Conners, Leila Conners Petersen
Writer(s): Nadia Conners, Leila Conners Petersen, Leonardo DiCaprio
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio (narrator)


Theatrical Release Date: August 17, 2007


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 5 Featurettes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

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(Synopsis) Humankind's 11th hour is here: the last moment when we can change course and stop our rush towards global ecological collapse. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio produces and narrates this urgent and transformation look at where we've been, where we're going and - most important - how we can change.

Let me start out this when just saying this documentary has nothing to do with politics and is not a "bashing" film in any way. While browsing my local DVD retail store on release week, numerous people picked this up, put it down, and said something along the lines of ďAl Gore did another movie? With the guy from Titanic?". Now, there are many reasons why some might think this. The packaging is nearly identical to that of Al Goreís movie "An Inconvenient Truth", where it is packaged in a slim, cardboard style case (Made of 100%-Certified Renewable Resources!), as well as being bagged in plastic to avoid theft. It also follows a somewhat (albeit not very much) similar theme of global warming, but this documentary is a bit different.

The documentary goes in several different directions in its 92 minute run time. What I liked about this documentary was that it was not just a scare film like An Inconvenient Truth, but cited numerous issues along with examples of ways we could have either avoided that problem, or avoid it in the near future. A lot of the examples they mentioned are ones I have heard before, but they definitely spend much more time fleshing out the problem at hand.

The main problem I had with this film is that there are way too many times where I am just flat out bored. While there are many different individuals being interviewed and giving us their opinions and knowledge, some are just so dry and uninteresting that I found myself fading out and not even carrying about the current topic because of one individual with no personality. The film could have easily been trimmed down to a more appropriate time as the end product just seems way too long and spends too much time showcasing random images of the world that have very little to do with the actual subject on hand.

I believe that An Inconvenient Truth is just a better film overall. Maybe its the presentation or the inclusion of Al Gore more prominently then Leonardo DiCaprio, but An Inconvenient Truth feels like I am listening to my professor in College giving a lecture and citing examples, while The 11th Hour is something the professor would put on TV while he is grading papers in the back of the room.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Included are several featurettes (Natures Operating Instructions and Solutions, Solutions We Have Right now, Wonder of the World, Our Reactions in the Face of Environmental Collapse and Religious Perspectives) which seem as-if they would make a great sequel to the film. The overall content is a bit drier, but itís more or less the same as the film. If you really enjoyed the film then the special features is a great extra, if you didn't, don't even bother.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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The 11th Hour is presented in anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1). Itís much hit and misses with the picture quality. A good portion of the film is just random clips of animals, oceans, commercials, people etc. and the rest is someone talking in front of a blue background.

Included is a Dolby Digital 5.1 track, which honestly is not too bad. If we are not listening to someone talk we are getting some sort of background elevator music soundtrack.



.::OVERALL::.

The great thing about The 11th Hour is that it streets at an abnormally low price of $5.99. The price is literally the cost of a rental at the local Blockbuster but you get to keep it. If you enjoyed An Inconvenient Truth then I strongly recommend this film.