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Life After People (2008)

Visit the ghostly villages surrounding Chernobyl (abandoned by humans after the 1986 nuclear disaster), travel to remote islands off the coast of Maine to search for abandoned towns that ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Struan Rodger ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Anderson John Anderson ... Himself
David Brin David Brin ... Himself
Bill Bruninga Bill Bruninga ... Himself
Ron Chesser Ron Chesser ... Himself
Ray Coppinger Ray Coppinger ... Himself
Eric Doehne Eric Doehne ... Himself
Sergey Gashchak Sergey Gashchak ... Himself
John Hadidian John Hadidian ... Himself
Kevin Harrison Kevin Harrison ... Himself
Gordon Masterton Gordon Masterton ... Himself
Nabil Nasr Nabil Nasr ... Himself
Alex Nickson Alex Nickson ... Himself
Howard Oliver Howard Oliver ... Himself (as Dr. Howard Oliver)
Stephen R. Palumbi Stephen R. Palumbi ... Himself (as Steve Palumbi)
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Visit the ghostly villages surrounding Chernobyl (abandoned by humans after the 1986 nuclear disaster), travel to remote islands off the coast of Maine to search for abandoned towns that have vanished from view in only a few decades, then head beneath the streets of New York to see how subway tunnels may become watery canals. A visual journey, LIFE AFTER PEOPLE is a thought provoking adventure that combines movie-quality visual effects with insights from experts in the fields of engineering, botany, ecology, biology, geology, climatology, and archeology to demonstrate how the very landscape of our planet will change in our absence. Written by dmh

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Welcome to Earth. Population Zero. See more »


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English

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21 January 2008 (USA) See more »

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There is an footage file. In which clip, appears a worker working and walking on a bridge support wire and then the worker disappears (is digitally removed), but his shadow on the surface of the bridge support wire is not cleared and continues walking. See more »

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Narrator: Time has run out for man. Our hold on the planet is over. Welcome to Earth. Population: zero.
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Crumbling buildings, but little more
9 November 2009 | by csagneSee all my reviews

Life after people is a ripoff of Alan Weisman "World without us" (first of all by using a title structure in three words, but whatever).

The basic thought experiment of Alan Weisman is aimed not so much at looking at how nature would recover after we have left, and how buildings etc deteriorate but in fact analysing to what extent our actions on the environment are permanent.

Life after people (the main program) hardly mentions our use of plastics, our pollution of the planet with PCBs, how permanent nuclear waste will be and focuses on the mild, innocent traces of us that will be erased easily: wood, paper, iron, cement. Overall both the program and the series remain a list of crumbling buildings, repeated over and over again, with the same engineering viewpoint.

The series (which I lazily address with this comment too) do mention this a bit more, along with our impact on fauna (eg bison population), or the recovery of fish population due to our current overfishing. Too little still.

The documentary is reasonably good, padded with special effects that are shown over and over again, and with a shift of focus to American landmarks, which is understandable as it was made for US TV.

The content presents a somewhat idealistic and benign-ized vision of our impact on the planet, which really misses the point of actually addressing what are the harmful things we are doing right now and which our descendants will curse us for.


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