Before The Flood
4.5 / 5
IMDb Rating: 8.4
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, James Packer, Brett Ratner, Trevor Davidoski and Jennifer Davisson Killoran.
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions. A fascinating overview of the effects that climate change has already had and the ones that are to come. With a combination of interviews and trips to the Artic, India, Miami, Beijing and small islands, there has been a detailed investigation into a wide range of places and the effects that climate change has had on them. Although it is a serious documentary, it is produced in a cinematic and provocative manner, the music, DiCaprio’s monologues and the use of Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights.
97% of Climate Change scientists all agree that humans are partly responsible for the acceleration of global warming, in particularly the U.S. and China, as well as developing nations like India. That statistic alone should mean there shouldn’t be (m)any climate change deniers. 97 PER CENT OF CLIMATE CHANGE SCIENTISTS AGREE THAT HUMANS ARE PARTLY RESPONSIBLE! How are there people that deny it, when the specialists in their field that have dedicated their research, time and lives to this issue say this?!
I get that big multi-national companies that rely on fossil fuels as their main source of income will do anything to tarnish climate change as a myth in order to protect their financial interests. The money and influence they have on the media is also felt through the creation of a debate that is confusing to the masses. But it is the government officials which are the problem here, especially now Trump and his fellow deniers who will take high ranking government positions, as so many of them are in the pocket of these big companies paying them millions of dollars to protect their interests and to stave off any emissions legislation. The corruption of the American government needs to go. Climate Change is one reason, another big reason I can think of is gun control. Many U.S. politicians are in the pocket of the NRA, and despite the countless shootings, injuries and fatalities caused by guns in America, there is no sign that they will catch up with the rest of the world in controlling their gun laws. But that is for another time…
DiCaprio is the first to admit that his carbon footprint is far bigger than most, due to his globe trotting duties as an actor, U.N. Ambassador and his playboy lifestyle, but he has taken on a role to highlight the problems, the effects as of now, and the impending effects if nothing changes.
One area which I would have liked to see, would be to have the reasons from the 3% of Climate Change scientists that argue against humans impacting Climate Change to provide the alternative opinion. We are only treated to a few interspersions from shouty radio and TV hosts that provide no evidence to back up their claims. It would have been nice to have the response of these scientists to provide their answers to the diminishing ice in the Artic, the floodings of many coastal cities and the dangers posed to islands that have no protection from the rising oceans.
This is a must-watch for Climate Change deniers, and for those that trust the science. The documentary film is wonderfully produced, with outstanding music and a powerful use of Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights to describe the state of the world in regard to global warming.
Richard | The Humpo Show