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To say that there are no easy answers to planetary woes is to state the obvious. But the film seeks to reveal rather than lecture, in the hope that our eyes will convince our brains to act before it's too late.
We have entered an epoch in which human activity is shaping the planet more than any natural force. Anthropocene bears witness that something's got to give.
It's a devastating portrait of our laborious despoliation of the earth (trudging through sludge is its signature shot). This survey of our destructive impact seems like a post-mortem.
As it stands, though, Anthropocene mostly proves the points of Burtynsky's critics.
These globe-trotting Canadians-with their backgrounds in filmmaking, large-scale photography, and cinematography-are not so agenda-driven that they can't see the raw majesty of these impacts.
A stunning wakeup call, and thanks to the travel, work and thought of the filmmakers, it is equally stunning to look at.
The filmmakers' stunning images, captured around the world, make it clear that whenever it started, it is ongoing.
There's no denying the images are stunning.
As always, the images they capture are stunning and damning in equal measure.
While the film's urgency comes across, its beautiful and bizarre moments also push the doc toward abstraction.
Stunningly, even hypnotically shot - from the world's largest landfill in Kenya, to the most polluted city in Russia (Norilsk, Siberia) to tons of tusks representing 10,000 dead elephants. A hard doc to walk away from unaffected.
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