Chasing Coral (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Chasing Coral offers a breathtakingly beautiful look at some of the Earth's most incredible natural wonders while delivering a sobering warning about their uncertain future.

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Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. Yet with carbon emissions warming the seas, a phenomenon called "coral bleaching"-a sign of mass coral death-has been accelerating around the world, and the public has no idea of the scale or implication of the catastrophe silently raging underwater. Chasing Coral taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. Unfortunately, the effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of their golden fleece: documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves. With its breathtaking photography, nail-biting suspense, and startling emotion, Chasing Coral is a dramatic revelation that won't have audiences sitting idle for long.

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (12)

It's staunchly pro-life, in the truest sense of the term.

Jul 14, 2017 | Full Review…
TheWrap
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By film's end, you'll see corals not only as underwater life forms but as dreamy, endangered neighborhoods inhabited by unspeakably beautiful Nemos and Dorys.

Jul 14, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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The film makes a powerful case less through argument than by using cinema's most basic tool: visual proof.

Jul 14, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Apocalyptic sci-fi? This is real life, in the documentary "Chasing Coral."

Jul 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Chasing Coral should be admired as an earnest effort to educate the masses, yet again.

Jul 13, 2017 | Full Review…
NPR
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"Chasing Coral" presents the evidence with beauty, intelligence and a surprising amount of emotion.

Jul 13, 2017 | Full Review…

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