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Update: after thinking about this for a few more hours (it is good enough for that, afterall) I bumped it up a star thinking about some of the incredible locations captured. They really did their research there.
Not sure why there would be a narration if it only comes on every 5 or so minutes to explain VERY LITTLE about what we are seeing. Honestly most of the movie I was very very confused.
Also the whole notion of trying to give us a "slice of life" of who lives in these regions is completely wasted. There is a scene where thousands of people sift through a continent of trash and it is very depressing and then they show a young man rapping a song about it. Very odd and offputting to include something like that.
That being said visually this movie is great.
And it's awesome we get location names but I don't want to HAVE to research every single thing to know what's going on. Because the narration is completely absent on that part. Being confused as to why what they are showing as a "problem" is a problem when it seems to only comes across as another humans daily routine: not everyone can live in plywood castles, some people have to sift through trash to make life work.
Leaving viewers clueless doesn't make for a very pleasing viewing experience. Either give us information or don't, don't expect the viewer to do your research.
Also if you are expecting this movie to give you any insight into how, specifically, these things you are seeing correlate to the overall catastrophe that is man don't hold your breath.
This movie I would have rated higher had their been no narration and had the edit been a little smoother. In its current state it is just confusing visuals.
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