The Unforeseen (2008)
Critic Consensus: A calm documentary that doesn't resort to shrill polemics, The Unforeseen also benefits from great interview subjects and jaw-dropping cinematography.
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Critic Reviews for The Unforeseen
By turns rapturously beautiful and unspeakably sad while considering the consequences of unchecked urban sprawl.
Even if the director eventually hard-pedals her pantheist imagery into cliché, this inconvenient truth is discreet, intimate and regularly surprising.
No one who sees this intriguing documentary will want to argue with reporter Greider when he forcefully insists, "We need a more mature regard for the future." We do indeed.
[Cinematographer] Daniel has never shot a film for Malick, though you'd hardly guess so, given The Unforeseen's poetic and dreamy shots of nature that, like the images that open the Malick's "The Thin Red Line," hint at an Earthly paradise.
The Unforeseen is a poetic and high-minded meditation on American developers' manifest destiny and the cancer it introduces into the natural world.
Audience Reviews for The Unforeseen
It craves for all kinds of persuasion to appeal to the audience, but loses many of its logic and factual evidence underneath the pile of credible men, cinematography, and sentimental music
This was really quite boring unless you lived in Austin, TX over the past 25 years. I was not impressed witht the flow & could have been shortened a good 20 minutes by taking out all the non-relevant footage with music. I was a little thrown by the Christian song to end it as well, didn't think it fit at all.
I didn?t know anything about this documentary except the tagline when I watched it. It started and I vaguely noticed Terrence Malick?s name in the credits. Then it flowed into the sweeping images and I thought it was wonderful cinematography for a documentary. It is surely one of those beautiful visual documentaries like Microcosmos or Winged Migration, but it isn?t about nature necessarily. However, despite a strong start, it settles in the middle and never reaches for anything grand. Maybe it?s just the subject stalled, but that brought the movie back to a smaller level or grand documentary meaning. It is good enough, but keeps you wanting something more action oriented, even in just there being some sort of action. Still, I?m a Malick and documentary whore.
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