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...
Educational and inventive, the documentary speaks with a strong editorial voice from a backward-looking vantage point. It's a narrative device that proves most effective.
Communicates something of the massive global impact of our careless, though officially encouraged, consumption, even if Armstrong's outsized ambitions threaten to dissipate some of the movie's force.
By speaking directly to the disaffected and disinterested, its light tone successfully disguises an intent that could not be more serious or more urgent, which is no small feat.
An engaging and urgent attempt to make us all see sense about climate change.
Does little more than enumerate the ills and evils of today's world in a cry of panic and accusation, regurgitating those images and messages that serve its cause.
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.More
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.More
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.More
"The Age of Stupid" is a tragically uneven documentary about global warming that fails, but not for want of trying. It takes an intriguing approach by looking back from 2055 where an archivist(Pete Postlethwaite), who instead of looking through the porn cache, decides to depress himself even further by reliving the events that led up to humanity's doom when the environment collapsed. Ironically, the movie is dated while the idea of humanity building a giant archive while not being able to save itself is a little strange to say the least. While I applaud the global approach, the choice of material seems a little off, as all of it is centered around oil, not global warming. And if one were of a certain thinking, one could also possibly argue that Hurricane Katrina was a fluke storm.
Yes, global warming is a given, but one of my problems with its activism is that it concentrates solely on the future while ignoring environmental catastrophes in the present, like the heartbreaking images from Nigeria. Like I have said before, the second war in Iraq had nothing to do with oil. The low cost airline in India makes sense to some in a poor, large country whereas others see any kind of flying as disastrous to the environment but the documentary makes no mention of high speed rail proposals. The same fears could be said about factories in China, but it has been revealed recently that sulfur emissions from China have actually slowed down global warming. Wind farms, which I find beautiful, seem like a totally sensible suggestion but they face tough fights in the film in England, as they also do here in the States. So, why not give the people a choice between wind turbines or nuclear power plants or offshore drilling?
Whatever you do, do not listen to the old guy who remembers walking six miles in the snow barefoot to get to school everyday. Mass consumerism and the car culture have been going on for generations. So, not only do you have to challenge people's ways of thinking but also what they had been taught by their parents. I'm not saying it's not possible because I ride mass transit and ride trains instead of airplanes. In the end, "The Age of Stupid" might change my thinking about power usage while its suggestion of energy rationing is probably the way to go for the future.
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