The 11th Hour

(2007) *** 1/2 Pg
91 min. Warner Independent Pictures. Directors: Leila Conners Peterson, Nadia Conners. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mikhail Gorbachev, Paul Hawken, Stephen Hawking, William McDonough.

This documentary could just be the most important movie ever made. Okay, now that could just as easily be hyperbole, but do you really want to take that chance? The 11th Hour takes on our current environmental crisis, but unlike An Inconvenient Truth, doesn't limit itself to global warning. Better yet, the filmmakers take a holistic view of the problem that qualifies the film as a philosophical examination on the existence of humanity on planet Earth. Writer-directors Nadia Conners and Leila Conners Petersen co-wrote the film with their producer-narrator Leonardo DiCaprio, and they assemble an impressive group of experts to explain the crisis and appropriate responses to it, including sustainable design that mimics nature instead of leaving our footprint on it. The 11th Hour is convincing and sobering, but it's revolutionary message is hopeful that humanity can agree to forestall its own extinction by adopting new ways of thinking and living.

[For Groucho's interview with Nadia Conners and Leila Conners Petersen, click here.]

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