Hurricane on the Bayou (2006)

Hurricane on the Bayou (2006)

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Shot before and after the unprecedented devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the documentary brings into focus the startling loss of Louisiana's rapidly disappearing coastal wetlands that are New Orleans' first line of defense against deadly storms. Told through the personal stories of four musicians, both legendary and rising, who are drawing attention to this environmental calamity. The story is both a document of Katrina's powerful effects, and a profound musical celebration of the city that has been called the "soul of America." It is a call to restore New Orleans and protect the vital wetlands from which the city's unique identity first arose. Shot before and after the unprecedented devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the documentary brings into focus the startling loss of Louisiana's rapidly disappearing coastal wetlands that are New Orleans' first line of defense against deadly storms. Told through the personal stories of four musicians, both legendary and rising, who are drawing attention to this environmental calamity. The story is both a document of Katrina's powerful effects, and a profound musical celebration of the city that has been called the "soul of America." It is a call to restore New Orleans and protect the vital wetlands from which the city's unique identity first arose.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Documentary , Special Interest
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Meryl Streep
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Critic Reviews for Hurricane on the Bayou

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (11)

The narrative is built one happy cliche at a time until the story of Katrina ceases to be about appalling environmental neglect, or the colossal failure of the federal government to manage a disaster.

Full Review… | March 22, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

A classic 'before and after' document, terrific images of what was once there, actual footage of the storm itself, moving TV news coverage of the disaster and a conclusion that's more optimistic than it has any right to be.

March 16, 2007
Orlando Sentinel
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The smart, classy Hurricane on the Bayou preaches an invaluable environmental lesson for children and parents: Don't monkey with the ecosystem without expecting payback.

Full Review… | March 16, 2007
Boston Globe
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Despite its split personality, Hurricane offers more good than bad, including a lively soundtrack featuring Benoit, the Neville Brothers and Fats Domino.

March 16, 2007
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Katrina will end up changing the entire South, from Houston to Florida, for decades to come, yet Bayou still insists on its upbeat gospel ending.

Full Review… | March 16, 2007
Denver Post
Top Critic

A convincing and entertaining argument for the importance of preserving Louisiana's wetlands.

Full Review… | January 18, 2007
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Audience Reviews for Hurricane on the Bayou

Had to watch this movie for extra credit at my son's middle school. It was supposed to be about Hurricane Katrina. Instead, it seemed like it was a movie about cajun musicians trying to sell a CD. Snoozefest.

Arlene Paddock Alinea
Arlene Paddock Alinea
½

This movie is sure to bring back some memories for all of us in Louisiana. Forget comparing it to other IMAX movies. If you are interested in that, go see an underwater feature. If you want something to make you think, go see this!

Dawn Reed
Dawn Reed
½

Its a given to say that Hurricane on the Bayou was a stunningly georgeous film. Its friggin IMAX. Would I be over stepping boundaries by claiming that Katrina was perhaps the most important event in American history since WWII? No, I haven't forgotten about 9/11. Katrina ended more lives, caused more damage, cost more money, and displaced more families than the greatest terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Given the facts, what's the point of making a wide release IMAX film targeting the afterschool demographic? This film is so simple minded that even middle school aged kids will yawn and doze through this simplistic and overly optimistic look at the infamous disaster. Even without making political statements, such as in Spike Lee's [i]When the Levees Broke[/i], [i]Hurricane[/i]'s makers could have upped the ante, perhaps investigating the Hurricane's scientific causes or at least aknowledging the terrifying scope of damage. 100 years from now, if no other record of this storm is kept, those who find this film will think that New Orleans flooded, a few cajuns lost their cabins, and an alligator lost all but one of its babies. This film is a shameful insult to all those who lost and suffered in Katrina and its aftermath.

Christopher Perkins
Christopher Perkins

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