Cool It (2010)
Climate catastrophe? Normal solar activity? The end of civilization as we know it? Cool It is based upon the book of the same name and lectures by Bjorn Lomborg, the controversial author of The Skeptical Environmentalist. Acclaimed award-winning filmmaker Ondi Timoner travels the world with Lomborg exploring the real facts and true science of global warming and its impact. Lomborg is the founder of the economic think tank, Copenhagen Consensus, which brings together the world's leading economists to prioritize major global problems -- among them malaria, the lack of potable water and HIV/AIDS -- based upon a cost/benefit analysis of available solutions. Amidst the strong and polarized opinions within the global warming debate, Cool It follows Lomborg on his mission to bring the smartest solutions to our energy needs, carbon emissions and other major problems in the world. -- (C) Roadside Attractions … More
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Critic Reviews for Cool It
Jam-packed but never disorienting, Cool It will definitely get your head spinning.
Blond, boyish and with an irrepressible faith in human adaptability, Mr. Lomborg is the anti-Gore.
It can be a little hard to digest so many ideas, especially in such rapid succession. The movie is never boring, but there may be some information overload for laymen in the audience.
It's been five years since Gore warned us that we only have 10 years to fix global warming -- hey, Al, my apartment is near the Hudson River. Wanna bet it's still above water in 2015?
Some of it sounds, quite frankly, nuts. And a few of Lomborg's enemies have said as much. But throwing tons of money at the problem with little result? That also sounds kind of crazy.
By bringing in a diverse group of big thinkers to take part in a very animated, sometimes agitated, discussion, the filmmaker has succeeded in bringing what could have been a very dry mountain of data, theories and experimental research to vibrant life.
Instead of getting wrapped up in fads and jumping on bandwagon, Lomborg offers solutions to the problems facing the world.
That this documentary is solution-oriented rather than fear-oriented as so many recent ones...have been is itself a reason for touting it.
... a slick argument that is basically a subterfuge intended to promote a free-market absolutist approach to solving the global warming problem.
No matter what your environmental politics are, the American-made documentary film Cool It leaves the viewer troubled, yet hungry for more information and debate.
Cool It resonates, and gives one pause not just to consider the merits of the global warming question, but to consider the merits of all that we've decided to do about it, impending doom notwithstanding.
Unfortunately, "Cool It," even with its better ideas, too often feels like just more talking.
Lomborg might not interact with his detractors, but at least he finds time for monthly visits to his Alzheimer's-stricken mom.
...more about Bjorn Lomborg than it is about the perils our world faces, now and into the future. I would have preferred more of the latter and far less of the former.
Succeeds in presenting Lomborg's arguments in a cogent, persuasive way...trying to start a civil conversation on climate change that's based on reason rather than fear.
Lomborg could be a prophet whose conclusions may be correct but his message is ripe for distortion and corruption, even within the film itself.
Lomborg (with an assist from Timoner's straightforward, uncomplicated doc) is the voice of reason. Calm down, listen to what he has to offer, and then get to work. Apparently, it's not too late. Whew.
Although it contributes some intriguing ideas to the ongoing global warming discussion, this potentially controversial documentary remains too vague on several key issues.
There are good, important ideas and ways of thinking being discussed in Cool It which makes its histrionic plea for its subject's sainthood so disquieting
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