Reviewed byStu Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org)Vote: 4/10/10
The Age of Consequences makes a strong point about the connectionbetween climate change and global instability and then belabors it todeath.
The documentary begins with a parade of military leaders and civiliandefense and diplomatic experts, all reinforcing that connection as iftrying to drown out the politicians who pretend it is open to debate.
The filmmakers list a number of ramifications land loss, shortages,migration, civil unrest and international conflict, to name a few butthen make the same, or very similar, points for each one.
This documentary examines an important topic, so it's a shame that Iwas nodding off about three- quarters of the way through. Really,though, you could get the gist of it from viewing the trailer.
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Reviewed bytenrallyVote: 3/10/10
I went for the premiere screening at HotDocs festival in Toronto. Iloved the beautiful aerial shots of nature and industrialized areas,and cool computer animation sequences connecting visual piecestogether. Everything else.. oh, well, the movie felt like a US militarypropaganda, in which US is declaring a "war on climate change".Limited, one-sided information, presented in a way that was more aimedat instilling fear than explaining the real causes of climate changeand empowering the average citizen. Immigration crisis in Europe andMiddle East got also superficial treatment - shocking, dramaticpictures, accompanied by one sided opinions favoring US politics (Atthe same time immigration issues at the US south border were not evenmentioned). I understand time constraints of 80 minutes format, butthat is not enough of an excuse for presenting this kind of limitedperspective... In this extreme situation glorified US govt and US armyare entitled to take whatever measures necessary to provide the globalstability - all too familiar. There are better documentaries on thetopic.
'The Hurt Locker' meets 'An Inconvenient Truth', THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. Through unflinching case-study analysis, distinguished admirals, generals and military veterans take us beyond the headlines of the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of radicalized groups like ISIS, border walls, and the European refugee crisis - and lay bare how climate change interacts with other socio-political factors to exacerbate societal tensions and spark conflict.