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Pandora's Promise (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 15 November 2013 (UK)
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A feature-length documentary about the history and future of nuclear power. The film explores how and why mankind's most feared and controversial technological discovery is now passionately... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Stewart Brand ... Himself - Founder & Publisher, Whole Earth Catalog
Richard Rhodes Richard Rhodes ... Himself - Author, The Making of the Atomic Bomb
Gwyneth Cravens Gwyneth Cravens ... Herself - Author, Power to Save the World
Mark Lynas ... Himself - Environmental Activist
Michael Shellenberger Michael Shellenberger ... Himself - President & Co-Founder, The Breakthrough Institute
Len Koch Len Koch ... Himself - Pioneering Nuclear Engineer
Charles Till Charles Till ... Himself - Pioneering Nuclear Physicist
Ted Nordhaus Ted Nordhaus ... Himself - Environmental Activist
Robert Kennedy Jr. ... Himself - Environmental Activist (archive footage)
Amory Lovins Amory Lovins ... Himself - Environmental Scientist (archive footage)
Helen Caldicott Helen Caldicott ... Herself - Environmental Activist
James Inhofe James Inhofe ... Himself - Senator, Oklahoma (archive footage)


A feature-length documentary about the history and future of nuclear power. The film explores how and why mankind's most feared and controversial technological discovery is now passionately embraced by many of those who once led the charge against it. Operating as history, cultural meditation and contemporary exploration, PANDORA'S PROMISE aims to inspire a serious and realistic debate over what is without question the most important question of our time: how do we continue to power modern civilization without destroying it? Written by RS

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What if this cube could power your entire life.




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Release Date:

15 November 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ящик Пандоры See more »

Filming Locations:

Fukushima, Japan See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,495, 16 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$66,643, 4 August 2013
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Herself - Author, Power to Save the World: If something looks like it's bad, we're holding up our hand and say "No, please - we can't have that".
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A very important, thoughtful film
23 June 2013 | by djcmSee all my reviews

This film interviews several environmentalists and peace campaigners who have changed their mind on nuclear, and explores the reasons why they have changed their mind from "anti" to "pro". The film doesn't gloss over the disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima; some of the speakers visit these locations in person and acknowledge their unease in a thoughtful way, but they also press on and discuss quantitatively whether people have been poorly informed about the actual dangers. The film is a myth-buster, which gives the open-minded viewer the chance to compare polemics with facts that the viewer can verify. The film makers take a radiation dose meter around the world, showing on screen the readings in capital cities, inside a nuclear power station, in aeroplanes, on a beach in Brazil (to which people flock for its natural radiation), near Fukushima, and near Chernobyl. Viewers who like me love numbers are advised to take a sheet of paper and pen to note down the readings at the beach, near Fukushima, and near Chernobyl. No doubt the main response to this film will be a brawl between "pro" and "anti" people, most of whom have not seen the film. They all need to calm down and watch this film.

Some people compare this film with An Inconvenient Truth. I think Pandora's Promise is a better documentary.

Contrary to what other reviewers say, it is not "propaganda by the nuclear industry" - only a couple of the people involved in the film were ever employed by the nuclear industry; most of the people interviewed are genuinely independent thinkers, mainly environmentalists, with no hidden agenda, who have taken the trouble to look at facts and data, and who have been willing to imagine that their opinions might be wrong. This is a trait to be admired.

See the film, study the facts, then decide. (And, incidentally, I should say the film's photography is great!)

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