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Before the Flood (2016)

A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.



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Jake Awa ...
Kelly Ayotte ...
Herself (archive footage)
Father Time (voice) (archive footage)
Joe Barton ...
Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Bast ...
Himself (archive footage)
Frank Baxter ...
Himself (archive footage)
Glenn Beck ...
Himself (archive footage)
Jason Box ...
Himself (as Prof. Jason E. Box)
Mike Brune ...
Himself (as Michael Brune)
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
David Cameron ...
Himself (archive footage)


A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.

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The Science is Clear. The Future is Not.


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Rated PG for thematic elements, some nude and suggestive art images, language and brief smoking | See all certifications »




Release Date:

30 October 2016 (USA)  »

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The Turning Point  »

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Leonardo DiCaprio, who is a committed environmentalist, was designated in 2014 as UN messenger of Peace with special focus on Climate Change by UN president Ban Ki-moon. See more »


[first lines]
Leonardo DiCaprio: My first visual memories are of this framed poster above my crib. I'd stare at it every night before I went to bed. My father was an underground comic distributor.
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DiCaprio does a great documentary. Very honest and informative.
2 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A well laid out doc by Leo DiCaprio and Fisher Stevens about the world we are facing today.

From the moment the movie opens we get a little glimpse at Leo's life as he talks about a Bosh painting that his father hung on the top of his crib, that started his passion for environmental issues. From then on, we realize that his documentary is not just for us it was for him as well.

Leo does not try to make himself out as an environmental expert. This is something I admire greatly about the documentary. A lot of us are being influenced on both sides of the argument about the climate change, and when Leo became the UN Ambassador of peace for this topic, he knew he needed to study up on the process, so he did it with Before the Flood. Leo travels all over the world to discover just how bad the problem actually is and what we can do to stop it.

But this doc is all about informing. Leo does not pretend to have the answers by a long shot. One of my fav parts of this movie was a discussion Leo has with an environmentalist from India whose calling out the United States for their part in Global Warming. Leo never defends his home country only comes clean about how realistic or unrealistic it is for America to go clean.

There was this one part of the film where Leo meets with his agricultural guy telling me that America needs to change it's diet. Pretty much telling me that I need to stop buying things like Doritos, which is a small part of a big picture, and by odd coincidence, I just happen to have a big bag of cool ranch in my lap. Granted, it would not hurt my waist line to give up the nachos, but there are other food products that poor Americans like myself would starve if they suddenly disappeared. Proving that this environmental issue for me anyway is not a black and white issue.

Leo created something that does what a documentary is suppose to do. His agenda was to inform you about the climate change and that's what he does, and he does it without having to make anyone look evil (well not too evil anyway). it's all about laying out the facts and seeing what we can do with that info.

Much respect.

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