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Pandora's Promise (2013)



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In the next few decades, humankind will need to double, or even triple energy production as billions of people in the developing world lift themselves out of poverty and begin to live modern lives. Unless the source of this new energy is clean and non-CO2 emitting, the risk of triggering a devastating global climate catastrophe is all but certain. The magnitude of this dilemma, and the limitations of commonly proposed solutions, have left the mainstream environmental movement teetering between apocalyptic thinking and utter disarray. Plunging headfirst into this challenge comes PANDORA'S PROMISE, the highly anticipated and debated new film by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Robert Stone that recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Three years in the making and filmed on four continents, this meticulously researched and beautifully crafted film asks whether the most viable option we have to tackle climate change might be the one technology we fear the most: nuclear power. (c) Abrorama
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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (17)

Like so many campaigning docs this is much more interested in throwing darts at the other guys than giving us a balanced film.

Full Review… | November 12, 2013
Time Out
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Intelligent, possibly important, definitely counterintuitive -- but needs more reporting and context.

Full Review… | November 6, 2013
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The film's tone is boosterish, and the cursory treatment of the cost of a nuclear-based energy overhaul, or the viability of renewable energy, tends to arouse skepticism rather than allay it.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
Globe and Mail
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There's not much in the way of balance in this often bone-dry documentary about the bum rap nuclear power has gotten thanks to misinformed, if well-meaning, environmentalists and energy experts.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
Toronto Star
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Documenting how five authors changed from anti- to pro-nuke energy stances, Stone is less persuasive at translating this logic into reality.

Full Review… | June 18, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
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In the end, its somewhat equivocal message - that nuclear power might just be the lesser of several evils - is more convincing than you'd think.

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
Washington Post
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Imagine you begin filming a documentary, and suddenly an event causes the subject of your documentary to become international news - filled with negative connotations. What do you do? This experienced documentarian made the events of the Tohukô earthquake and tsunami, and the self-searching of all involved, a part of this film. I think his gamble worked out quite well. The best viewpoint of this doc is Mr. Stone's own voice in the Director's Commentary. Just be open to allowing your own opinions be swayed when emotions become confronted by facts.

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan

Probably the most important documentary to come out in the past two decades. Even if you are someone who is anti-nuclear power, this will at least open up your perception of what you believe. Remember: if you can't even listen to or respond to your antithesis, then you're just projecting your insecurity of your own opinion.

Kurt Nakanishi
Kurt Nakanishi

Views like a propaganda film rather than an actual investigation. Very hard to trust any information given. Maybe everything is true - but how am I supposed to know when only one side is shown?

Dan Hawkins
Dan Hawkins

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