The true, stranger-than-fiction, adventure of eight visionaries who in 1991 spent two years quarantined inside of a self-engineered replica of Earth's ecosystem called Biosphere 2. The experiment was a worldwide phenomenon, chronicling daily existence in the face of life threatening ecological disaster and a growing criticism that it was nothing more than a cult. The bizarre story is both a cautionary tale and a hopeful lesson of how a small group of dreamers can potentially re-imagine a new world.
I remember hearing about this as a teenager, and about how it failed in some nonspecific manner. How wrong. How nice to unmake a memory.
This is a remarkable film about a remarkable human story. It is well made and engaging, whatever your feelings are for the characters and their doings.
This was not a technical experiment, just as our life on Biosphere 1 is not. It was, and is, a human one. And if you make it to the end of the film you will understand why the experiment was a resounding success. May ours be as well.
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