Another documentary in the growing genre that could be called environmental panic, “The 11th Hour” is a maddening mix of good intentions and wild hysteria. The film’s eagerness to embrace alarmist speculation undermines the basic truths it tells.
Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, the movie relies less on scientific evidence than on comments such as, “What I hear in my dreams.” One ”expert” predicts the atmospheric damage we are causing will lead to our planet burning up like Venus; awhile later, someone else predicts we’re unwittingly recreating the freezing atmosphere of Mars.
Rather than engage us in a real, vital debate about environmental responsibility, “The 11th Hour” would rather scream that the sky is falling in various, contradictory ways.
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