Filmmakers travel to six continents and 20 countries to document the impact humans have made on the planet.
A visually stunning and alarming film that travels around the world to bear witness to the many environmental crimes man has inflicted on the planet over the last century. From Chile to Siberia, Houston to Italy and beyond, the filmmakers vividly bring to the big screen sights of massive oil refineries that stretch for miles, incredible industrial excavations that have wiped out villages and 30 acre landfills, all of which are rendered with startling clarity. Rarely has a film about the end of the world looked as beautiful as this as directors Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky utilize the widescreen format to brilliant effect, starkly capturing the size and scope of the devastation they capture, A vital documentary and perhaps the best of the year.
The opening scene is visually gripping as you are drawn to the flames like a moth that fill every corner of the screen, mesmerizing you with its beauty. You then find the source of the flames which engulf your visual field. The beauty quickly turns to horror and this visual slight of hand pattern occurs throughout the film. What initially is gorgeously striking suddenly comes into comprehensible view to create a disturbing image. It perfectly imitates our own consciousness as we are at first ignorant about issues, but then, with information, we are awakened and see things for what they truly are.
“Anthropocene” The Human Epoch” is a wake up call. A call to action. A call to awareness. And a plea to understand how we have left the Halocene Epoch and are now in an era of man’s giant and crushing footprint upon our world. The film’s beauty is undeniable as are the horrors it reveals. This is one of the most visually arresting and informative films about our world and our future.