The Age of Stupid (2009)
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Oscar-nominated actor Pete Postlewaite stars in this cautionary look at our changing climate, and what could become of our world should we continue to ignore the warning signs and stop global warming while we still have the chance. The year is 2055, and in a world devastated by mankind's lack of foresight, one lone sole (Postlewaite) seeks the answer to why we let our planet fall to ruin. Looking over archive footage from the year 2007, he sees everyone talking about the damaging effects of global warming, but no one bothering to take the action required to reverse the troubling trend. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for The Age of Stupid
So tightly constructed and dynamic you leave the cinema energised rather than terrified and depressed.
Though this narrative device can feel a bit gimmicky and grandiose, it also provides a visual and emotional power that drives home this absorbing film's crucial cautionary message.
...a run-of-the-mill documentary revolving around the impact that humanity's progressively bad decisions are having on the environment...
Audience Reviews for The Age of Stupid
The problem I have with these environmentalists is that they are hawking so much doom and gloom with all of their "the end is neigh" squawks that you end up thinking the only solution is to go back to the stone age. Yes, give us the science, give us the facts, but then focus on just a tiny couple of changes that will make the biggest difference in the next few important years - don't attack every aspect of our consumerist lifestyle even though we know it's wrong! I also thought pin-pointing the low-cost Indian airline as the root of evil was wrong as the same documentary talked about how developing countries actually need to increase their energy usage whilst developed countries cut back.
This average documentary, presented partly as fiction and boasting many interviews, is not too consistent or altogether original, but offers some interesting material, prompting us to realize the most probable result of our careless, destructive ways.
Thought provoking at every turn, this eco-drama packs a powerful emotional as well as intellectual punch. Lays out the situation we are in and facing, in unsparing detail. The presentation is novel and far more engaging than 'An Inconvenient Truth'. It cleverly interweaves human stories from around the globe into its overall polemic. Altered my perspective on many issues I thought I had settled in my mind. Powerful reminder of how films can do something worthwhile.
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