Reviewed byDavid Ferguson (firstname.lastname@example.org)Vote: 7/10/10
Whether you have spent vacation time snorkeling, watched the NationalGeographic channel, or even paid a bit of attention during high schoolscience class, you likely have some level of understanding of what avital ecosystem coral reefs are to Ocean life. Director Jeff Orlowskihas a track record of important environmental documentaries with his2012 Chasing Ice. Both of these movies have been well received atSundance and other film festivals, as well as by scientific experts.
Mr. Orlowski was contacted by underwater photographer Richard Veversonce the Vevers team recognized the accelerated breakdown of corals asthe ocean water temperature rose slightly. The film takes us to suchplaces as The Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Florida Keys,American Somoa, Hawaii, Bermuda and the Bahamas. The obvious message isthat concern exists around the globe, not just in one particularlocale.
The film does an excellent job of defining and explaining theimportance of coral, and once Zach Rago is introduced, the energy andpassion jump significantly. A charming, self-described "coral nerd", heis also an extremely knowledgeable and committed scientist dedicated tosaving this ecosystem that he worships, and he understands theimportant role it plays to all life.
Little doubt exists that those involved fully believe carbon emissionsare to blame for the warming waters resulting in coral bleaching andfinally coral death. They also believe that by reducing said emissions,there is still time to prevent the total global coral destructionpredicted for the next quarter century.
If the film has any misguided moments, it would be related to thescreen time spent on the challenges and frustrations associated withunderwater time-lapse photography, especially from a hardwarestandpoint. As viewers, we are far more interested in the coralendangerment and the photography shots that do exist especially someof the stunning before/after looks as coral reefs are quicklydestroyed.
A trip to the Coral Convention provides us a glimpse at how researchand information is shared by those who are working on this and otherenvironmental issues. With limited resources, it's crucial that accessto information is available to those who need it. Finally, the filmleaves us with a reminder that forests, reefs, and other ecosystems areall vital to our lives; and while the current path is quite saddening,there is optimism that we have time to stop the damage if we act now.
Reviewed bysomersetboyVote: 4/10/10
While the photography is lovely, the message is dishonest. Coral reefsare not disappearing from global warming, anywhere. It is all justpropaganda.
I keep a little reef at home. While corals do die if I do not keep thecalcium levels up and phosphate levels down, never have they beenaffected by keeping my tank too warm.
Corals keep growing upwards, as they reach closer to water surface,they receive more sun and bleach. This is natural. They also growprofusely when they do. Naturally, many things like algal blooms cankill off entire miles of reef. Yes, pollution can kill corals, but nottemperature. How silly!!
In nature, corals bleach all the time. Then they all come back too.None of this has to do with temperature. Corals actually grow better inwarmer water, hence the reason they are not abundant in temperatewaters.
I feel like beautiful imagery is being used to misguide people in thismovie. Research funding Please? Anyone?
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.