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Using archival and recent footage, Jacquet tracks the work of pioneering polar scientist Claude Lorius, a climate change verifier whose astounding discoveries should silence all deniers.
A biographical, cinematic corollary of Al Gore's canned Learning Annex lecture, Luc Jacquet's Antarctica condenses 22 polar missions - all told, they consumed ten years of Lorius's life - into one visually breathtaking documentary.
Director Luc Jacquet struggles to dredge up the sort of emotion he delivered so easily in his Oscar-winning March of the Penguins (2005).
These scientists whom we see throughout the film are not in it for fame or glory or money. Their research comes at great personal risk to life and limb.
If you can block out that verbal frenzy, though, the last chapters of Antarctica: Ice & Sky are, finally, a compelling narrative (who wouldn't be interested in the idea of "fossil air?") and yet another scientific explanation of global warming.
The text is occasionally poetic and never too technical -- indeed, the film might have benefited from a smidgen more on the science behind glaciology -- and overall very accessible, even for adult audiences with no scientific background whatsoever.
There's no denying that the work Lorius does is fascinating science, unless you're a U.S. politician who denounces anything that gets in the way of the economy. But it's not very compelling as drama.
Amid some structural deficiencies, the result is both persuasive and visually striking.
More than anything, it is an ode to human endurance -- and the kind of tenacity and passion that we can only hope may save humankind.
A wonderful combination of explorer survivalist adventure and crucially important science.
A deeply personal memoir from the scientist with a 'wild empathy for the planet' who locked down the human responsibility for global warming.
Lorius's enthusiasm is infectious, and "Antarctica: Ice & Sky" is educational and awe-inspiring.
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