The End of the Line

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A thought-provoking and insightful documentary about the dangers of commercial fishing.



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"The End of the Line" is the first major documentary about the imminent peril facing the world's oceans. Narrated by Ted Danson and based on the book by Charles Clover, the film explores the devastating effect that over-fishing is having on fish stocks and the health of our oceans. Scientists predict that if we continue fishing at the current rate, the planet will completely run out of fish by 2048. More than just a doomsday warning, "The End of the Line:" offers real, practical solutions that are simple and doable, including advocating for controlled fishing of engendered species, protecting networks of marine reserves off-limits to fishing, and educating consumers that they have a choice by purchasing fish from sustainable fisheries.

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If the tone is occasionally off-putting, the message -- at least, the facts about the fish -- is harder to shrug off.

Aug 14, 2009 | Full Review…

This movie wants to cover every base without thinking very deeply about them. So while a lot of ground is covered in 80 brisk minutes, the information presented is only abstractly useful.

Jul 23, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's hard not to feel that the vital information in The End of the Line may have been more effectively relayed by Clover's original book or by a movie whose methods were less pedantic and pedestrian.

Jul 17, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Another day, another film about environmental collapse.

Jul 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The End of the Line documents what threatens to become an irreversible decline in aquatic populations within 40 years.

Jul 16, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The End of the Line, an eco-mentary that warns against overfishing, baits its hook with alarmist rhetoric and aversion therapy.

Jul 2, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4

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