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EARTHLINGS (2010)

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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)


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  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QX0LE6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,512 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Narrated by Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix (WALK THE LINE, GLADIATOR), EARTHLINGS is a feature-length documentary about humankind's absolute economic dependence on animals raised as pets, food, clothing, entertainment and for scientific research. Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, EARTHLINGS chronicles the day-to-day practices at some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit. Powerful, informative and thought-provoking, EARTHLINGS is by far the most comprehensive documentary ever produced on the correlation between nature, animals and human economic interests.

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148 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative, Educational, Inspirational July 15, 2007
It would be easy for a review to focus entirely on this documentary's visuals. For they are overwhelming. I suspect some persons even would scorn the documentary for "subjecting" us to these images, at least so many of them. But I think this would be misguided. For, with only a few exceptions, the documentary does not use its images in a way that's sensationalist. They merely document the conditions to which many animals are subjected. The problem, I think, is that we -- as a society -- actively avoid looking at any images documenting our treatment of unwanted pets, animals raised for meat, animals used for entertainment (e.g., circus), and animals used in experiments. Given this, Earthlings is simultaneously overwhelming and overdue. By itself, this is enough to recommend watching the film. However, the documentary is much more than this. Its creators obviously are attempting to provoke us to think. This is apparent within the first minute, as its prologue introduces its viewers to core moral principles that have defined the animal liberation movement. And it does this wonderfully. Its ability to articulate these principles clearly and concisely would make this film great supplemental material for any course covering its topics (I plan to show Earthlings in my community college applied ethics class when it examines Peter Singer's "Animal Liberation.") This prologue frames the film's visuals as they document our treatment of unwanted pets, animals raised for meat, animals used for entertainment, and animals used in experiments. It does this so well that rarely does a minute pass without the film challenging us to question some of the fundamental assumptions seemingly guiding our present treatment of these animals. Read more ›
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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mix of the highest and lowest sentiments of man August 2, 2007
The movie starts with a warning for those with weak stomachs about disturbing graphic images. This is not an idle caution, at least 60 minutes of this 95 minute film would be enough to ruin anyones lunch. The film is broken into five subject sections above and beyond the intro and recap: Pets, Food, Clothing, Entertainment, Science. If you are too tenderhearted to see the gore or want to show this film to children, try watching the first and last 15 minutes of the film.

Philosophically the message of the movie mimics a quote from "The Outermost House" by Henry Beston who wrote, "We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creatures through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren; they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth."
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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I will never be the same...... March 14, 2008
Like most people I walked through life knowing I was turning a blind eye to animal testing,animal consumption, and the like... taking my kids to the circus and feeling very guilty for it. I am the Father of 4, after viewing this movie my wife and I immediately became vegan, that was 7 months ago.. We regret nothing.
There are 2 quotes from the movie that spoke to me, the later is taken from a Harry Beston novel.

"Every animal is the psychological center of a life that is uniquely their own."

"We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, Man and civilization survey the creatures through the glass of his knowledge and sees their by a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion.

We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far beneath ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man.

In a world older and more complex than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth."-Harry Beston 1888~1968

What we do to animals is wrong, most of us just wont say it out loud.
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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking August 17, 2007
This is the saddest movie I've ever seen. Phoenix's somber voice and the tragic, graphic images and music make for a very surreal experience while watching this documentary. It is saddening but ultimately it is determined and you will come away feeling the need to make a change for justice and equality between our close-knit earthlings.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing October 6, 2007
I am in utter disbelief, and I am saddened that I wasn't educated earlier. Upon watching this movie, I instantly became a vegan. For me, there was no other option. I must say that I was depressed for days following watching it. I cried myself to sleep at the thoughts of the pain and torture these animals have endured. I was horrified and mortified about the way we abuse the animals on our planet. Thank goodness my eyes were openeded. This movie is incredible but it will touch you and you won't be the same after. Once we learn better, we do better. And I plan to do better for life. Please share this one with those you love.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see!
Everybody should see this movie. It has crossed my mind to order a set of 10 dvds and give them away for Christmas to everybody in denial.
Published 2 days ago by tamarak kitic
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie you will ever watch.
This movie changed my life and it inspired me to make the best decision I have ever made for myself. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Li
5.0 out of 5 stars As a collective humanity, we are violating Natural Law and will not be...
A must see. Not for the week of heart. Will make you ponder: Does partaking of animal products makes us, as a world society willing participants of the abuse and torture that... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Jessira
1.0 out of 5 stars The world's smallest violin from start to finish
If you are going to make a shocking documentary, let the footage speak for itself.

Why the need to play melancholic music throughout the hour and a half? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Griesmayer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life-Changer
I wish this were required viewing for everyone. A film requiring courage -- to make, to watch, to react to in a way that CHANGES THINGS.
Published 1 month ago by F. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing
This documentary is life changing, it should be viewed by all people. After watching this, along with some other documentaries, I have changed my way of living. Read more
Published 2 months ago by pjomega
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll never be the same again
I finished this documentary last night and I couldn't sleep at all. My mind keeps replaying all the suffering and torture that those animals went through, all for the sake of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amber
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone needs to see this movie
This movie will change your life for the good. Please watch. If you are an animal lover you need to learn the truth about how you are supporting cruelty to animals.
Published 3 months ago by Sirhc
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should see this!
I watched this about a year ago but closed my eyes or fast forwarded through the rough parts. Last night I forced myself to watch and listen to everything. Read more
Published 3 months ago by @WildwoodKenya
5.0 out of 5 stars My View
I rate this based on review of others who do eat meat and watched this. I commend you.

I will start off, I have been a Vegetarian for many years and transitioning to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gentilejedi
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Earthlings (Joaquin Phoenix)
After watching it I've started to shop around for cruelty free/companies that don't test on animals.
You can find lists of which ones do & don't online.
The footage on that documentary is soo shocking, was in tears after watching it :/
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