The Messenger


The Messenger (2015)


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In this documentary filmmaker Su Rynard examines the various hazards songbirds face around the world, which has led to a drastic reduction in their population. The role the birds play in the global ecosystem is discussed by biologists and industry experts.

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

Gorgeous slow-motion footage of birds caught midflight against black backdrops is enthralling, although the doc tends to flit between narratives.

Feb 25, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

For the most part, The Messenger does for songbirds what Winged Migration did for big birds.

Jan 29, 2016 | Full Review…

The slow-motion close-ups alone should convince you these magnificent creatures are well worth the effort.

Dec 10, 2015 | Full Review…

Filmmaker Su Rynard never loses sight of the winged tunesters' sheer beauty, or their emotional and symbolic pull.

Dec 8, 2015 | Full Review…

Over all, the arguments are persuasive, the message from the birds powerful, and the film a rich and satisfying call to action that is presented with some novel ideas for how to restore the ecological balance.

Dec 3, 2015 | Full Review…

The filmmakers, like the songbirds they advocate for, are only messengers, but their message is persuasive and terrifying.

Dec 1, 2015 | Full Review…

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