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Before the Flood (2016)

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A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.

Director:

Fisher Stevens

Writer:

Mark Monroe
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Himself - Narrator
Ki-moon Ban ... Himself (as Ban Ki-Moon)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu ... Himself
Mike Brune Mike Brune ... Himself (as Michael Brune)
Marc Mageau Marc Mageau ... Himself
Enric Sala Enric Sala ... Himself (as Dr. Enric Sala)
Jake Awa Jake Awa ... Himself
Jason Box Jason Box ... Himself (as Prof. Jason E. Box)
Philip Levine Philip Levine ... Himself
Michael E. Mann ... Himself (as Dr. Michael E. Mann)
Ma Jun Ma Jun ... Himself
Alvin Lin Alvin Lin ... Himself
Sunita Narain Sunita Narain ... Herself
Ashok Lavasa Ashok Lavasa ... Himself
Haji Ji Haji Ji ... Himself, farmer
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Using his celebrity status to draw attention to the problem of global warming, one of the most important and pressing issues of our time, actor and United Nations Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio, travels the globe to witness firsthand the effects of an impending environmental disaster. By visiting ancient melting glaciers and levelled Indonesian tropical forests, DiCaprio unearths an urgent situation and the world's dependence on fossil fuels, going as far as to visit President Obama himself for an in-depth interview. But, can this crusade inspire the climate-change deniers? Written by Nick Riganas

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The Science is Clear. The Future is Not.

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Documentary | News

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Rated PG for thematic elements, some nude and suggestive art images, language and brief smoking | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Turning Point See more »

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Leonardo DiCaprio, who is a committed environmentalist, was designated in 2014 as UN messenger of Peace with special focus on Climate Change by UN president Ki-moon Ban. See more »

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Leonardo DiCaprio: My first visual memories are of this framed poster above my crib. I'd stare at it every night before I went to bed. My father was an underground comic distributor.
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References The Revenant (2015) See more »

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Before the Flood
Composed by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, with Gustavo Santaolalla
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Informative, and hopefully it reaches its target audience
5 November 2016 | by peefynSee all my reviews

I am glad that this documentary was made, even though I felt it was talking to someone other than me. The movie is focused on America (even though what it preaches is relevant all over the world), and much of the information is not really ground breaking if you are already concerned about the environment. I am not complaining about this, as that is probably the best target audience to try to reach for a documentary like this. There's no reason to make more documentaries preaching to the choir.

The documentary itself is mostly well made. Leonardo travels from one place to the other, and talks with some big names. Some of it feels kind of irrelevant, and the best parts is when Leonardo talks with people who are not that famous, especially the one subject that shows her frustration. Some of the places he travels are interesting to see, though it's mostly quick visits, and at times they feel more like backdrops than important set pieces. Despite the documentary jumping from one theme to the next, it holds together quite well, and Leonardo's journey functions well as a mean to take the viewer through all the information.

Personally I would have liked a documentary that was a bit more science heavy, maybe like a combination of the nature trips that Leonardo goes on here, and the presentation from Al Gore's film. But I can understand why they went in the direction they went here, and I hope it resonates with a lot of people that have not thought much about this.


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