Racing Extinction

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Scientists predict we may lose half the species on the planet by the end of the century. They believe we have entered the sixth major extinction event in Earth's history. Number five took out the dinosaurs. This era is called the Anthropocene, or 'Age of Man', because the evidence shows that humanity has sparked this catastrophic loss. We are the only ones who can stop it as well. The Oceanic Preservation Society, the group behind the Academy Award (R) winning film THE COVE, is back for "6". Along with some new innovators, OPS will bring a voice to the thousands of species on the very edge of life. An unlikely team of activists is out to expose the two worlds endangering species across the globe. The first threat to the wild comes from the international trade of wildlife. Bogus markets are being created at the expense of creatures who have survived on this planet for millions of years. The other threat is all around us, hiding in plain sight.

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If a documentary can be both alarming and oddly reassuring, it's the gripping splash of cold cinematic water "Racing Extinction."

Sep 21, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

If you've ever wondered what a breaking heart sounds like, it's right here in the futile warble of the last male of a species of songbird, singing for a mate that will never come.

Sep 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Racing Extinction tends to be far more effective when presenting its enlightened activists as heroes.

Sep 17, 2015 | Full Review…
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The film is a captivating, sobering look at the world's endangered aquatic species, but it's also a frightening revelation of what methane and carbon are doing to the ocean.

Sep 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Maybe the film's website, where viewers are directed to actually learn about how to stop killing the planet, holds more answers than Racing Extinction itself.

Sep 15, 2015 | Full Review…

Whether you feel motivated to make a change after watching the documentary is one thing but what is for certain it is certainly educational, engaging and interesting to watch.

Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…

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Some preaching to the choir, the dance band on the Titanic playing Nearer My God To Thee, that's a bit w/o direction (but perhaps that's only an effect of hysteria). On the good side, it's a hopeful tune that's offered, buuuut ... the evidence presented throughout stoutly refutes any hope whatsoever. The reporters secretly film people breaking the law, harvesting endangered species, whose only guilt seems meshed in being caught again. You'll need a bottle of vino to digest this.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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"Racing Extinction," a film showcased on the Discovery Channel, is essentially about how our world is falling apart. Following a group of documentarians, this story predates the dinosaur era and explains how methane may have been the extinction factor billions of years ago. This is a very honest, yet preachy film about how we are destroying our planet, while trying to keep ourselves alive. I really admired the impact that these filmmakers were trying to accomplish, and for the first half of this picture, I was enthralled. "Racing Extinction" derails a bit when it dives into the diets of human beings and what we should be eating. I feel that after showing all of the statistics and visuals of what we are doing to ourselves and the planet we live on, it spoke for itself. Although the film does get slightly preachy with it's messages toward the end, it is a very effective documentary with impressive footage and thought-provoking interviews. Not only was I interested in this story, but I felt myself really thinking about the world afterwards, and for that reason alone, I believe this film did it's job perfectly. In the end, this is a very well-made film from start to finish that I would highly recommend to those who can forgive a bit of preachy every now and then. "Racing Extinction" is very good.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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