A showcase for many conflicting viewpoints.
| Original Score: 3/4
Concerned inhabitants of the global village would do well to track this one down.
| Original Score: 4/5
At the very least, Hustwit drives home the urgency of radically rethinking city life as the world population tops seven billion.
"Urbanized" is a fast zoom out to the big picture: The colonies or hives in which we arrange, display and support our lives.
The documentary at times is weighed down by statistics and shop talk, but Luke Geissbuhler's smartly rendered cinematography saves the day.
| Original Score: 2/4
Even viewers with deep knowledge of modern urban planning are likely to learn something from the carefully selected images and thoughtful interviews that make up most of "Urbanized."
A lively if schematic overview of city planning at its best and not so best.
| Original Score: B
Maybe this is the best title they could muster -- it's a stinker, depressing or, depending on your mood, vaguely danceable. Fortunately, the documentary itself is grand.
Hustwit gorgeously enhances the talking-head commentaries of architects, policymakers, and other progressive thinkers with spatially clean, static-camera compositions -- this time in God's-eye panoramas of earth's ant farm.