Chasing Ice (2012)
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as Adam LeWinter
as Jeff Orlowski
as Svavar Jonatansson
as Louie Psihoyos
as Kitty Boone
as Sylvia Earle
as Dennis Dimick
as Jason Box
as Tad Pfeffer
as Suzanne Balog
as Synte Peacock
as Thomas Swetnam
as Terry Root
as Peter Hoeppe
as Gerald Meehl
as Emily Balog
as Martin Nørregaard
as Simone Balog
as Martin Sharp
as James Woolsey
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Critic Reviews for Chasing Ice
Still an eco-sceptic? Clap your eyes on this lot. Awe-inspiring, terrifying, transcendently beautiful, and absolutely weighted with significance for the future of the planet.
While their persistence is remarkable, it is rewarded by the breathtaking yet heartbreaking images obtained. In every location, they find irrefutable evidence of the dramatic degradation of the planet's glaciers.
As a documentary, it offers most of its likely viewers grim confirmation of what they already know, rather than the thrill of discovery.
Less a didactic 'message-movie' than a study of one man's steely determination, the debut helmer directs with a sure hand and no-frills aesthetic.
Audience Reviews for Chasing Ice
One of the most visually stunning documentaries I have ever seen, Chasing Ice is a testament to the power of film to serve as clear-cut evidence of a changing world, as well as proof of why that world is worth preserving.
A terrifying film that offers both a stunning collection of images and an indisputable evidence of global climate change. It is a pity though that it loses some of its focus wanting to praise Balog's efforts and doesn't propose any real scientific solution for the problem.
Photographer James Balog sets up cameras to document the disappearance of glaciers.
Most documentaries about global warming and other such social problems take an alarmist stance and quickly become so over-bearing in their message that I find myself saying, "Yes, yes, we're all going to die. I understand. Ho hum." But the film's focus on the process of setting up the cameras and Balog's courageousness makes it more about the process than pounding depressing evidence into my head.
Balog's photographs are striking. They're beautifully tragic, just as they are intended to be.
Overall, this is a good documentary about an important social problem, and its strength is that it doesn't try to beat the shit out of any happiness you might still be able to muster.
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