A documentary that follows undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction.


Louie Psihoyos


Mark Monroe
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louie Psihoyos ... Self - Undercover Investigator
Heather Dawn Rally ... Self - Undercover Investigator (voice) (as Heather Rally)
Michael Novacek ... Self - Curator of Paleontology
Christopher W. Clark ... Self - Johnson Senior Scientist (as Dr. Christopher W. Clark)
Kirk Johnson ... Self - National Museum of Natural History
Ady Gil ... Self - Protester
Shawn Heinrichs ... Self - Marine Conservationist
Paul Hilton ... Self - Photojournalist
Charles Hambleton ... Self - Undercover Investigator
David Doubilet David Doubilet ... Self - National Geographic Photographer
Jerry Greenberg ... Self - Underwater Photographer
John Veron ... Self - Former Chief Scientist, Australian Institute of Marine Science (as Dr. J.E.N. Charlie Veron)
Elizabeth Kolbert ... Self - Author of 'The Sixth Extinction'
Synte Peacock ... Self - National Center for Atmospheric Research
Alan Barton ... Self - Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery


Scientists predict we may lose half the species on the planet by the end of the century. They believe we have entered the sixth major extinction event in Earth's history. Number five took out the dinosaurs. This era is called the Anthropocene, or 'Age of Man', because the evidence shows that humanity has sparked this catastrophic loss. We are the only ones who can stop it as well. The Oceanic Preservation Society, the group behind the Academy Award® winning film THE COVE, is back for "Racing Extinction". Along with some new innovators, OPS will bring a voice to the thousands of species on the very edge of life. An unlikely team of activists is out to expose the two worlds endangering species across the globe. The first threat to the wild comes from the international trade of wildlife. Bogus markets are being created at the expense of creatures who have survived on this planet for millions of years. The other threat is all around us, hiding in plain sight. There's a hidden world that ... Written by OPS

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Humanity Makes Me Sick
15 April 2016 | by morpheopunkrockerSee all my reviews

Serious questions were exposed in this documentary, even if they are already known, but two most important one wasn't even made: Do we need to be saved? Are we even trying hard for it? All the questions made on it about our seemingly inevitable extinction, has two common factors: money and humanity. What we do about it? Never seen documented.

The movie is pretty linear and simple, with some groups of activists and they defend different causes in order to one objective in common: a belief that what they do will save mankind. And we travel with them through their works on trying that. The locations and some images are fantastic, with an okay cinematography but a poor editing, IMHO.

Don't get me wrong, I believe in their work. The cruelty with the animals is insane, and it shames me to think we're capable of that (and even more). They do a very good job in the demonization of great companies and the ordinary fisherman who's trying to feed their family, but the message is passed like a religion: "Look what we are doing? Be ashamed of it, hate yourself and get sick of you. But if you want to save this, it'll save mankind, because what we are doing is the way to do it".

I think it's incredible how they make us empathize not only with their cause, but with the animals and specially, the mother nature. Some of them die for the cause, they really believe on it, and it's inspiring. We feel earth's loneliness, pain, despair, anger, sadness. All of this through their words and their emotions, with a very nice work on the soundtrack. But this show, to me, what I think it's a bad thing: some of them look unable to connect with human beings. They just can't.

There are heroes doing an undercover job for the ones who are lazy or don't brave enough to risk everything for it. And they are doing an important job. They are trying to correct things the humanity choose, trying to save us from an almost imminent ending. And they can be right, but they need to remember two questions: Do we need to be saved? Are we even trying hard for it?

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18 September 2015 (USA) See more »

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