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Planetary (2015)

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We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. We have forgotten the undeniable truth that everything is connected. PLANETARY is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call, a cross ... See full summary »


Guy Reid, Steve Watts Kennedy (co-director)



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Janine Benyus Janine Benyus ... Herself
Ronald Garan Ronald Garan ... Himself
Joan Halifax Joan Halifax ... Herself
Paul Hawken Paul Hawken ... Himself
The 17th Karmapa The 17th Karmapa ... Himself
Elizabeth Lindsey Elizabeth Lindsey ... Herself
David Loy David Loy ... Himself
Joanna Macey Joanna Macey ... Herself
Bill McKibben ... Himself
Subonfu Some Subonfu Some ... Herself


We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. We have forgotten the undeniable truth that everything is connected. PLANETARY is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call, a cross continental, cinematic journey, that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. PLANETARY is a poetic and humbling reminder that it's time to shift our perspective. PLANETARY asks us to rethink who we really are, to reconsider our relationship with ourselves, each other and the world around us - to remember that: we are PLANETARY. In a stunning visual exploration, the film interweaves imagery from NASA Apollo missions with visions of the Milky Way, Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas, and the cacophonous sounds of downtown Tokyo and Manhattan, with intimate interviews from renowned experts including astronauts Ron Garan and Mae Jemison (the first African American woman in space), celebrated environmentalist Bill McKibben, National Book Award winner Barry Lopez, anthropologist Wade ...

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Reconnect to something bigger.




UK | Canada | India | Indonesia | Nepal | Tanzania | USA | Vietnam



Release Date:

2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Continuum See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Production Co:

Planetary Collective See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Brings about a feeling of interconnectedness with the world
9 February 2017 | by frank-fm-smitSee all my reviews

Watching the movie brought me in a very peaceful state. A state in which I view every part of earth as a part of myself. The movie starts off with the astronauts talking about their experience in space. This made me realize that this view of the world is needed, especially in contemporary times. A view that Earth is one living organism in this gigantic universe. A view that goes beyond species, race, borders, nationalities and communities. It made me realize that once we eventually do become a species that travels to other planets and maybe even star systems, it will radically change the way we view our existence. As the concept of tribe relates to a kingdom, the concept of kingdom to nationality, so will nationality eventually relate to Planetary.

All these ideas and feelings came to me in the first 15 minutes. The rest of the movie was more a filler with commentary by various people from different walks of life, accompanied with beautiful imagery. It is interesting that in a movie that was fairly centered around spiritual ideas no mention was made to theistic religions. Which was fine for me, but I can imagine some of my fellow Earthlings feeling left out.

The opening message was very strong, the rest of the movie could have left out some of the commentary so that the viewer has more time to reflect on the core message. A tribesman jumping around in animal skins talking about mother earth, or monks chanting away "mindlessly" in a monastery did not contribute to the message of interconnectedness, mindfulness, caring, appreciation and love.

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