Racing Extinction is an eco-thriller that examines mankind's role in mass extinction. Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Louie Psihoyos joins scientists, environmentalists, artists, and engineers to draw attention to this pressing issue.
A very important documentary that ought to be required viewing in all schools! Other reviews have focused primarily on the slaughter of endangered species for whatever reason, but the documentary is actually about the the extinction of ALL life on our planet, the interconnection of all life forms (the "web" of life), and how we humans are affecting this. I actually learned a great deal I had not been conscious of before!
This is a great documentary. Racing Extinction takes a look at the current loss of biodiversity, its magnitude, and what's driving it. This film offers video footage of "busts", commentary from scientists, facts, and solutions. This film is great for beginners in researching climate change, biodiversity loss, and endangered species. I have shown this documentary to my family members, including children, friends, and college students. Many of my students and others that I've shown the film to have been inspired to do more to protect the Earth and its inhabitants. A must-watch film.
This film does show that there is some hope. Beautiful cinematography and score.
I struggle with how we can get the apathetic to care about this though. Pushing this agenda only has pushed people farther away as some kind of defense mechanism. I've learned to just live by example instead. Just the idea of recommending this film to someone who needs to hear it all but guarantees they will put it on their "do not watchlist." My best guess is something about my approach is offputting. Anyone have success getting people to open up to this? Would love to hear your ideas.
This is the same director that brought you The Cove. The Cove definitely had a louder agenda, which I felt really distracted from what was really important. This film on the other hand, was light on the james bond undercover scenes (referring to The Cove where the majority of the scenes were night vision spy gear) and had more reliable and established sources contributing to the bulk of data presented. All of the interview sources provided have directly dealt with the effects of actually racing extinction or have contributed something monumental to the fight for preservation. I got to see one of the first screenings of this and at the end Louie Psihoyos came out for a Q and A session. This film is life-changing. I've been a vegetarian for many years, after this movie our family went vegan and have been for over a year. If you want to contribute to change, one of the EASIEST and SIMPLEST things that is in your control is dairy and meat consumption. It's really not hard at all once you get into different habits, and it's been saving us money. Let's get this film to spread. Lets get Psihoyos movement of change one thing to spread as well!
This is an incredibly moving, informative film on the state of our planet. The filmmakers heartbreakingly show the havoc that mankind is wreaking on the species with whom we co-inhabit the planet. It talks not only about direct causes of extinction from over-fishing and hunting, but also about indirect causes such as destruction of habitats from livestock production and pollution. From the brutal images of dismembered manta rays to the lonely call of the last male bird of a species that receives no reply, the film brought tears to my eyes many times over. However, it strikes a hopeful note near the end. Elon Musk of Tesla is one of many collaborators to help the filmmakers create a digital event in NYC where images of beautiful animals and information about their dwindling numbers are projected onto famous landmarks - the UN, the Empire State Building, etc.- to bring awareness to the public. It is their hope that each person who is made aware will make one small change (such as not eating meat and dairy one day a week) which, taken together, will make a global difference.
Great film! Everyone should see this film, their kids should see this film, and schools school use it as a resource. It's a naked view of why extinction is real for more species than we like to think, and defines the issues driving them to the brink of existence. As humans, we should be required to watch this film to be able to continue to breathe the oxygen the plankton provided us (see, I learned that in the film!).
This was a well photographed and thought provoking documentary. I watched it, had my kids 11 & 10, watch it, had their friends 7-12 watch it and then watched it again. We discussed the plausibility of the film's message and what we, average people in the U.S., can do to help. I would recommend this movie to anyone, young or old. We need to change how we look at our home and we need to act on the desire for a better world. It's not enough to merely watch. Everyone can contribute. Everyone can do "one thing".
I cried...the reality is so very sad. The movie mostly focused on the oceans and life within them. A lot of very good visuals, but nothing I already did not know...except for maybe the manta rays. I watched it because I care..its like preaching to the choir I suppose. The people who really should be watching this are those depicted in the movie...but who am I kidding.