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This is my first review on IMDb ever, but I thought this documentary
deserved it. The cinematography of this documentary is amazing, even
the images of pollution of the environment that humans have caused look
remarkably appealing to the eye. But this documentary is much more than
a stream of beautiful images from across the world.
The message that the documentary contains is a strong one: unlike our nations, our ecosystem doesn't have any borders. As humans organized in nation states, we spend 12 times as much on weapons to defend ourselves from each other than we spend on aid for the poorest. The effects of the exploitation of our shared ecosystem will affect us all and will hit those who already face the toughest circumstances the hardest. The problems that our world faces, cannot be solved by any country alone. Too long have we focused on what separates us as citizens of specific countries, without realizing that we are all bound together as human beings. Without a rapidly growing global awareness of the situation we are facing, we will leave a much harsher environment for our children, in which natural resources on which we all depend will become increasingly scarce.
I am a student in my twenties; the state the world is in today, is how my generation will inherit it, before we will have had the chance to have any effect on this trend. Can this really be the inheritance of a generation that dedicated itself to peace, love and happiness? Maybe. Or maybe it's not too late just yet. You might still be a skeptic about the message the documentary tries to convey after reading my comments, but I promise you this: it will be much harder to be skeptic about that message after having watched Home.
I was gripped from start to end, at first by its breathtaking aerial
footage, then progressively also by its even more breathtaking dramatic
plot, which we all are living. No wonder Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent 15
years preparing for the production of Home.
The narration is top-notch, arranged in perfect logic sense and fueled with precise and profound wording, reminds me of audio versions of Scientific American. I had thought it was a pity that David Attenborough wasn't a part of this amazing project, but Glenn Close, five-time Oscar nominee, indeed gave a mesmerizing voice performance, and along with a powerful score, deeply drew me into Home's elaborate illustrations and logical reasonings.
Some might think this documentary is so emotive that it's more of a propaganda despite how fact-based it is, but isn't a subject like this meant to be emotive? No this is not the kind of documentary that presents you with non-judged information for you to consider and debate- of course it is not, it's telling you the most overwhelming and alarming truth through worldwide facts and images in a careful logic flow, and yes with a great lot of passion built in! Vastly connected with the daily life of everyone and the fate of the human race, the movie left me steeped in thoughts. Like said many times in the movie, everything is linked, I find tons of images flashing in my head rapidly after watching Home, and more importantly, now I look at them linked together in a meaningful way.
Let me put it this way, if the entire human race were to be extinct on this planet, Home would be the recording that we should bury deep underground for extra-terrestrials to find out what happened and learn the lesson of our species- it is that good.
Perhaps it may seem that I overstate my appreciation for this movie.
But, when you see the extraordinary compilation of beauty, work and
effort that went into creating this work of ART, you may agree.
It focuses on the breathtaking gorgeousness of this singular planet we call Home.
Some may find this topic boring, repetitive, do-goody, tiresome... but trust me, this movie is BEYOND interesting and entertaining.
Some of the scenes are absolutely SURREAL in their beauty. There is one scene of people in a dump... how can such a scene hold so much impact and yet be so artfully gorgeous? I can't get that misty picture out of my mind, and it has compelled me to hope and work towards solutions. In a good way. Uplifted.
Question: How can a company (the one that sponsored the viewing of this movie) (Europa?) that thrives on promoting luxury and excess, care so much for the natural and inherent things of earth? It is true that such a company would cherish beauty and art... and the Earth is the most beauteous of all... perhaps when you've contributed to the downside, you grow and want to uplift, see things change for the good.
Whatever... this is one of the most beautiful documentaries ever made and EVERYONE should make the effort to SEE.
An extraordinary, unforgettable visual treat. For all time.
AFTER you see this movie, you MUST see FOOD INC. You MUST!
Home delivers some of the most stunning photography of our planet I've
ever seen. Really needs to be watched in HD to be be fully appreciated.
Sweeping, glorious, rich shots of our planet, like we've never seen it
Even more powerful than that - the content of this documentary. The underlying message of Home really drilled home - no pun intended - how we're devouring this planet to hairs breadth of the point-of-no-return, after all "we've chosen survival over prospering". It is really quite scary watching the desperate facts this film delivers one-by-one.
At the same time, Home finishes in a upbeat manner. Home will definitely change the way I live my life - it's that powerful.
Go watch it.
Home is a documentary about Earth, humanity, nature, where we're going
and what we've been. Shot in 54 countries with aerial footage it's a
combination of all the navel-gazing movies we've seen lately like
Planet Earth and Baraka. Like a guilty abusive adult, we're now taking
a closer look at ourselves, what we've done to the planet and what
we've to ourselves.
That's in large part what the first 3/4 of the movie is about. Showing different locations on Earth, the stunning gliding shots of our planet's more beautiful locations as well as the terrible damage we've caused. In that way it's much different than Baraka and Planet Earth, the two films I compared this to. This movie talks about humans, not just their achievements but the economic chaos we've wrought on each other.
The vast differences in class structure in the west from the east. The vast amounts of wealth owned by 2% of the population. Starvation, disease, war, are all covered in this documentary. It's not just about the nature but the capitalist system which has destroyed the planet and brought humanity to its knees.
Many of these changes have occurred in the past 50-100 years. Vast change which is increasing to the point where urbanization is epidemic all over the planet. The melting icecaps are also covered in very nice detail. The consequences are of course very grim. Some of this information I knew but it's good to be reminded how we live in the western world which is rapidly destroying the planet and taking all the innocent passengers along with us.
The movie was released on the internet, television and internet on the same day. It's on YouTube in its entirety, but I downloaded a high quality version from One Big Torrent which was very nice to watch.
Probably one of the best movies of 2009 and one of the best documentaries of the year as well. I highly recommend it.
Well, I am not a native speaker, so please bear with me! I have seen
this movie twice now and I really wanted to like it. I love the Planet
Earth-Series and other nature/environment-related movies, but this one
is a little...special. First of all, the visuals (e.g. photography) are
stunning and very beautiful. Sadly, this is the only real good thing
about this movie. What I consider bad about this movie? Well, there are
The whole movie has a kind of instructive touch (as in preaching from above to dumb people) and it seems as if the filmmakers thought of their audience as stupid and therefore repeat everything over and over again - maybe they have to, but it still leaves a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. | The narration: Firstly, the (female) narrator is not bad, but in no way can she compare to David Attenborough of the Planet Earth-Series. The narration makes this movie seem a little alarmist, but not in a way that shocks you and makes you want to change things, but in a way that makes you think 'Yes, yes, I know! You said that already!'. Then, there is the vocabulary used. This is one of the things that disturbed me from the start (especially me as a German). Talking about herding cattle as keeping livestock "in concentration camp-like conditions" is not only outrageously insensitive, but also outright stupid. While saying things like this may be effective in creating attention, there are definitely better ways to do so. And why is half of what the narrator is saying numbers and statistics without any reference or comparison? Nobody will remember any of the numbers anyways, so please, at least give us the numbers with a context! | I personally don't like what I call the "spiritualistic approach" of this movie. By this I mean, that it is repeated over and over how everything in this world is connected and how humans are kind of a tumor on this earth that ruins it. While this may be true to some degree it still leaves a weird taste and makes this movie seem like creationist propaganda (which I am sure it is not, I'm just saying that this is not a very smart thing to do). | The movie basically only complains about the destruction of the earth by humans but offers no real solutions. The solutions it offers are ones that are already being used (e.g. using solar power) or are weirdly esoteric ones (e.g. everybody live in peace, the rest will work itself out). - This movie is very over-simplistic and one-sided. While none of the things being said are really wrong, most of them aren't really correct either. By using (debatable) arguments like this, the movie gets a bit of a manipulative touch. | While sponsoring this movie might be a good idea for the companies involved, this leaves one question: Why was every company allowed to put their name on this movie? Most of the companies produce in so-called third-world countries under worst circumstances for the workers and sell the products as luxury articles in industrialized countries and therefore actively take part in some of the activities that this movie wants to tell you about - so why the heck did the filmmakers take their money? | All in all, as a movie, this film isn't very entertaining. There is not really anything more than the visuals to keep you watching it, the narration is basically mostly throwing statistics at you and there is simply nothing new to it. | Another big problem with this movie is, that it doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. It isn't a documentary, but it isn't a normal picture either. It starts with stating that certain things are bad about the way humans treat the earth, but keeps adding stuff until you just don't care anymore. For example, the narrator says, that eating meat is bad for the environment. Then it adds, that coal mining is bad, goes on to say something else is bad and so on. Starting from 'Oh, yes, that's interesting, I didn't know that!' you will go to 'Okay, so everything is bad?' This IMHO also weakens the message of the movie a lot, the filmmakers should have just focused on fewer issues to tackle instead of being against environmental destruction, industrialism, globalization and the military. Don't get me wrong, it is very right to be against all of those things, but being against all of them at once is just hard to communicate in only one movie.
Also, please keep in mind that this movie is NOT a documentary in the usual sense of the word. There is nothing that is being documented, there is nothing new and there is nothing innovative in any way about this movie. While this is not necessarily bad, it changes the focus of the film from being a very boring documentary (which, as I have already said, it is not) to what it really is, a beautiful, but still only mildly entertaining movie.
So, in short: If you haven't seen the Planet Earth-Series, go see it now! If you have already seen it and watched all the other recent documentaries about environmental issues and want to see this one, go on and see it, but don't expect it to be more than average. Keep in mind what I have written above about this movie not being a documentary and you should be happy with it. About my rating: Considering 10 is the best and 1 is the worst possible rating on IMDb, I gave this movie 6 stars. 5 stars is average, I added two stars for the awesome visuals, none for the narration (above average voice-work, but without any real substance) and subtracted one point for things that really made me angry (for stuff like the concentration camp-reference and similar things).
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The film opens with a sequence on the history of life on earth, based
on science. But it's somewhat important to understand this history, for
points made later in the film.
The film shows ways in which our current activities are not sustainable, such as over-use of water, reliance on non-renewable oil and sources of fresh water, the use of agriculture primarily to feed animals to become meat, overpopulation, monoculture, shipping, etc.
It spotlights one case in history (Easter Island) to show what happens when a society doesn't react to the damage it is doing to its own environment.
I thank the filmmakers for drawing attention to my own country's (Canada's) dangerously wasteful use of land, water, and energy in the tar sands of Alberta and Saskatchewan, in the junkie's quest for harder-to-get oil.
Near the end, the film puts some facts on the screen (a few were unfortunately too small to be read). Some struck me as not particularly relevant to the film, such as how many people may be going hungry or thirsty. On the face of it, given the facts in the film, that's a good thing. To clarify, they needed to tie that to the fact that we could fix this problem if the rich used less, and if there were fewer rich.
It does end on a hopeful note, spotlighting some cases where people have taken small steps toward stopping our bad behaviours and living sustainably. It is hopeful, but I wish they had dwelled more on that, because we need concrete solutions that we can go to our mayors and councils with right now. Many of them have their head in the sand with petty politics, social issues, labour issues, the recession, and aren't thinking about when it really hits the fan a decade or two from now.
The images were mostly wide shots or aerial shots of landscapes, herds, cities, factory farms, etc. and were mostly quite beautiful. I also liked the music. Narration was a bit sparse, and in the English version I watched on Youtube (no subtitles), I think the narrator said "climactic" several times when she meant "climatic". But given the scale of what we're facing, maybe either word is OK.
The film was not shown in theatres in my area, nor was it shown on TV, except on the French channel (of course ... all the best stuff is on the French channels in my area) so I did appreciate the simultaneous Youtube release of this film. Given the free home viewing, a torrent would have been even more preferred, for portability and quality. My poor PC had trouble keeping up with the video AND the downloading at the same time.
In comparison with Earth (2007), I found this film to be more relevant to today. It isn't about the beauty of individual animals, but rather our entire home, and it clearly lays out that it's changing and that at a minimum we need to be preparing to handle that, and ideally trying to slow the change down. It's more honest.
In comparison with An Inconvenient Truth, I think it trades some of the information and style for a richer visual that lets the pictures do the talking. It's been a while since I've seen An Inconvenient Truth, but I think it covers much the same territory. I think Al's lecture approach was effective at drawing some people in and presenting the message clearly. But being a political figure maybe Home will attract some different viewers that may have been driven away by the earlier film just by his presence in it.
One of the most brilliant documentaries on one of the most important
topics in todays world. The impact the movie has with its simplicity of
delivering such a strong message is absolutely brilliant. The way they
have shown the different sides of the coin and the vast dispartiy among
the various parts of the world was an eye opener. The images presented
were something never seen before and thee facts presented along with
these were very interesting.
Lets hope they succeed in their goal of educating people about the alarming rate at which we are heading towards disaster. I sincerely hope that everyone sees this documentary and makes the little required effort from their side to dow what they can. I switched off my airconditioning after watching about 20 mins of the movie and didn't turn it on for the remainder of the movie. :D
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
You might call it "l'art pour l'art". And stunningly beautiful it is.
But 120 minutes of beauty still don't make it a film. A film needs
pictures, but it also needs a true vision.
It is a published fact that the aerial cameraman Yann Arthus-Bertrand got the funding by Francois-Henri Pinault to shoot this movie long before it was ever decided what exactly it should be. In fact, after shooting for years in more than 50 countries, Arthus-Bertrand returned with a truck load of stunning footage. A lot of pictures and no story. The only common denominator being the expertise of camera aesthetics and an encyclopedic knowledge of hundreds of the best locations worldwide. After screening it, he couldn't help feeling a bit helpless, maybe even desperate. He had spent a lot of money and all he had to show for was beauty. Although his sponsors make a lot of money selling beauty, it is rather the story behind the beauty that is the selling proposition. Arthus-Bertrand had no story, except maybe the adventure tales of such an extreme undertaking.
This is where Isabelle Delannoy comes to the rescue. A woman who knows neither fear nor scruple. She takes a cunning look at the footage and knows how to tag it. She doesn't care that most funds for this project originate from enterprises selling to the happy few who account for 25% of global pollution and exploitation. Nor, that chasing hundreds of helicopters, jets and piston planes around the planet most probably had a carbon-dioxide balance comparable to a mid-sized western city. Nevertheless, Arthus-Bertrand is happy. Now he has a story and something to show for. Regardless how cynical it is, a bad story is still a lot better than none at all.
And here we are: looking at awesome pictures. And again awesome pictures, and yet more awesome pictures...and a narration that should make anyone blush who took money for writing or reading it.
So, what is it? It is not a documentary. Is it a sermon? Is it the letter of indulgence for PPR? Or PR for PPR? Or all of the above? It is certainly beautiful. But as in the case of Dorian Gray, there sometimes lies a very ugly truth behind a stunningly beautiful surface...
Yann-Arthur Bertrand is known in France for being the best Earth
photograph involved in ecology ever.
This movie is just beau-ti-ful.
You never saw the world that way.
You never knew there were so much diversity all around the Earth, so much things to see, so much beautiful creations.
And you never knew there were so much left.
Wonderful scenes, really beautiful pictures of Earth.
Tip : there is a long-version.
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