The 11th Hour

2007

The 11th Hour

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Well-researched and swimming in scientific data, this global warming documentary offers some practical and wide-ranging solutions to our climate crisis.

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"The 11th Hour" is the last moment when change is possible. The film explores how we've arrived at this moment -- how we live, how we impact the earth's ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course. Featuring ongoing dialogues of experts from all over the world, including former Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, former head of the CIA R. James Woolsey and sustainable design experts William McDonough and Bruce Mau in addition to over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders who discuss the most important issues that face our planet and people.

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Critic Reviews for The 11th Hour

All Critics (92) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (62) | Rotten (30)

  • A heavy dose of hysteria along with copious scientific data means that, even at 90 minutes, it can feel unwieldy and quite overwhelming. Still, if you're able to handle the pace, it is in the end, a positive eye-opener.

    Mar 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's not a movie with a lot of answers, but The 11th Hour does push the debate further down the road.

    Sep 13, 2007 | Rating: 4/5
  • No matter what time it is in the grand, cosmic scheme of things, The 11th Hour arrives about a day late and an eco-dollar short of An Inconvenient Truth

    Aug 31, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • For all its scare tactics, The 11th Hour simply isn't that compelling, and we're talking about the end of the world here.

    Aug 31, 2007 | Rating: 2/4
  • The movie needed to reflect its own lesson: Less would have been more.

    Aug 31, 2007 | Rating: 2/4
  • It's like sitting through a college lecture and knowing with gripping dread that you're going to be quizzed on all of this afterward.

    Aug 30, 2007

Audience Reviews for The 11th Hour

  • May 21, 2010
    Wangari Maathai: Well, I don't only *think* that the biosphere is in trouble. I know it is. I just have to look around... Stephen Hawking: One can see from space how the human race has changed the Earth. Nearly all of the available land has been cleared of forest and is now used for agriculture or urban development. The polar icecaps are shrinking and the desert areas are increasing. At night, the Earth is no longer dark, but large areas are lit up. All of this is evidence that human exploitation of the planet is reaching a critical limit. But human demands and expectations are ever-increasing. We cannot continue to pollute the atmosphere, poison the ocean and exhaust the land. There isn't any more available. Thomas Linzey: Not only is it the 11th hour, it's 11:59 and 59 seconds. I guess we can attest that the local weather of late has gone totally uncontrollable. More often than note, we have incredibly hot and humid weather with bright sunshine one half of the day, before the skies turn grey and pours heavily on us. We've seen even more occurrences of water spouts emerging just off our shore, and we've done the boogie when neighboring countries suffer jolts in the earth, from which we will feel tremors enough for us to abandon our high rise buildings. While we're relatively buffered from direct adverse weather effects, not a day goes by without reading or knowing about strange weather phenomenon from around the world. Inevitable comparisons will be made with Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, and so we might as well go ahead with it. The 11th Hour starts off with terrifying the audience, in contrast to Gore's more introspective calm before the storm. Gore also interjects humor and his own personality into a documentary about his own crusade, while DiCaprio's is more straightforward, inundating the audience with mind-numbing facts and portents of doom. He also doesn't focus attention to his own personality but stays merely a narrator. The Earth is dying, and nature is taking its revenge on us for plundering her lands and exploiting her resources in a wasteful manner. The signs are out there, but we'd rather be oblivious to them. And Al Gore, after his attempt to ascend the White House, has gone back to his pet subject, and evangelized about saving the earth through his very slick package, which was given a cinematic life by Davis Guggenheim with An Inconvenient Truth. A call to action, I don't deny that I've started to pay a little more attention to it, and though my effort can be considered minuscule, I suppose it's but a start. Leonardo DiCaprio lends his star power to The 11th Hour, which he produced and narrates, but unlike Al Gore who can be considered a subject matter expert in his own right, given his years of devotion to this topic, DiCaprio realizes his deficiency in this area, and smartly takes a backseat by just narrating a very small portion of the movie, leaving most of the talk to true experts who can properly articulate and appeal to our common senses. In that respect, The 11th Hour provided a much more diverse perspective of the entire situation, from the micro to the much bigger picture of the entire ecosystem, and the various views, philosophies and schools of thought. Arguments come fast and furious, with content ranging from discussions of fossil fuels, global warming, an interesting articulation of present and ancient power sources, and the astonishing rate of our population boom vis-à-vis the ability of the planet to sustain life, not just ours, but every other species on the planet which will depend on our (miss) management of common resource. The 11th hour contains a very compelling look, not just at the environment as a standalone, but turns the spotlight on us as its inhabitants as well. We get bombarded from all directions with opinions, and statements of an impending apocalypse of our own doing, and I assure you if you're not frightened by the Revelation, I don't know what will. It's not just slick Keynote presentation which Gore's material is utilizing to bring the message across (and a very effective one I might add), and we also get the usual stock videos of hurricanes and well referenced clips of the melting polar caps. It's unfair to compare Inconvenient Truth to 11th Hour, as both have used different styles to bring across the same message - that the fate of the world, and of course, our survival as a species, is very much dependent on what we do now to effect a change. The Earth is renewable and can self-heal given an immense amount of time, but we have but one chance to make things right, for ourselves. But before you think of this documentary as just being another harbinger of doom and gloom, The 11th Hour does end off on a very hopeful note, just like how An Inconvenient Truth did. Here, it focused on renewable and recyclable methodologies which we might have already come across, albeit in a small, niche way yet to convince mega corporations to adopt. Perhaps with time, when feasibility is demonstrated, they would, and that's when we need to wean ourselves off the reliance of oil, which are hitting record prices per barrel, and arguably the cause of unnecessary war. The new building designs look awesome, especially with the incorporation of green technologies, adopted no less from the learning of how organisms operate. Think of it as adopting the best practices from species and the natural environment, and fusing it with our modern day technology and designs. The 11th Hour is a must watch, not only for enlightenment purposes, but rather for a call to action once the lights come on. Again we need to be reminded on how much we can do, and to actually do it. Last year we listened to An Inconvenient Truth, and now, The 11th Hour brings forth that sense of urgency to do much more. <div style="width:400px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-11th-hour-12380261"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/12/38/02/12380261_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">Flixster</a> - Share Movies</div></div> This first appeared on www.realmoviereview.com I applaud Leonardo DiCaprios effort to co-write and co-produce this Al Gore-style environmental warning film. I agree with his views and those espoused by the never-ending parade of speakers about the need to address the environmental collapse that threatens to destroy our way of life, and indeed our very lives, however, I think he really could have found a better way to express these views. His heart is in the right place, but Leo, my friend, heart aint enough. He has some interesting speakers but repetition might help study for a biology exam, but it doesnt do much for entertainment. Pack the bags, honey! Were going on a guilt trip. Al gore took us on one of these, as well, but at least he gave some amusement along the way and offered an upbeat optimistic ending that made us believe that it wasnt too late to save the whales, the tigers and all of those little humans running around ( I kind of like them). Here we are offered a parade of authors, scientists and environmental leaders telling us over and over again that we better get moving. Some solutions are looked at and those are always good to see, but a little entertainment value would have gone a long way. Dry, but not a bad documentary, and certainly a topic that does need to driven (ummm, or commuted on a high speed electric train) into our consciousness a couple more times at least. A little more imagination and variety would have helped out here. I know that guys like Leo and Gore like to think they are persuading, but really they are mostly preaching to the choir, (will George Bush see this film? Im guessing not - probably thinks its left wing pinko propaganda) so at least at least give us a chuckle or two along with our sermon. Still, celebrities and politicians see the publics will through box office receipts, so please see this movie. A look at the state of the global environment including visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet's ecosystems.
    Sergio E Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2010
    It's our generation that gets to change the world... forever. Good and important documentary about mostly earth, global warming and a few more things that are very important in our species. This documentary is mostly informative and despite the fragmented expositions of its well-meaning interview subjects, it offers hope and a heroic sense of optimism that we can still do something about the issue. This first appeared on www.realmoviereview.com I applaud Leonardo DiCaprios effort to co-write and co-produce this Al Gore-style environmental warning film. I agree with his views and those espoused by the never-ending parade of speakers about the need to address the environmental collapse that threatens to destroy our way of life, and indeed our very lives, however, I think he really could have found a better way to express these views. His heart is in the right place, but Leo, my friend, heart aint enough. He has some interesting speakers but repetition might help study for a biology exam, but it doesnt do much for entertainment. Pack the bags, honey! Were going on a guilt trip. Al gore took us on one of these, as well, but at least he gave some amusement along the way and offered an upbeat optimistic ending that made us believe that it wasnt too late to save the whales, the tigers and all of those little humans running around ( I kind of like them). Here we are offered a parade of authors, scientists and environmental leaders telling us over and over again that we better get moving. Some solutions are looked at and those are always good to see, but a little entertainment value would have gone a long way. Dry, but not a bad documentary, and certainly a topic that does need to driven (ummm, or commuted on a high speed electric train) into our consciousness a couple more times at least. A little more imagination and variety would have helped out here. I know that guys like Leo and Gore like to think they are persuading, but really they are mostly preaching to the choir, (will George Bush see this film? Im guessing not - probably thinks its left wing pinko propaganda) so at least at least give us a chuckle or two along with our sermon. Still, celebrities and politicians see the publics will through box office receipts, so please see this movie.
    Manu G Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2008
    Too bad, Leo only shows up sometimes... He's the reason I watch this documentary.. Not bad for a new director.
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2008
    In all honesty, this DiCaprio-narrated documentary is repetitive and less data-driven than "An Inconvenient Truth". It uses the reliable 'scare tactic' of presenting rough cuts of horrifying catastrophic images/videos, cautionary narrations from experts to persuade the audience. However, "The 11th Hour" is better at giving a broader picture, covering ecology, political agendas and social roles and responsibilities, than focusing largely on climate change. It offers personal and corporate contributions for mitigation, supporting it with real-life technological examples. Also, to its credit, some interviews from the experts will resonate with any viewer with minimal sense of science and the environment, and were inspiring (to the point of fooling me that each scene is that very inspirational closing statement). Such VIP-fronted docs give a larger spotlight to such an urgent issue, and for this I applaud them.
    Chihoe H Super Reviewer

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