Re-release Date: November 3rd, 2006 (Regal E-Walk 13)
Original Release Date: April 7th, 2006 (Village East Cinemas) by Stonehaven Productions.
Narrated by Keanu Reeves and Alanis Morissette.
Directed by Michael Taylor.
BASIC PREMISE: A documentary about the effects of global warming on this planet.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: The Great Warming initially feels like a simple infomercial to teach people about the negative effects of global warming. It shouldn’t be surprising that “greenhouse gasses” (i.e. carbon dioxide and methane) get emitted into the atmosphere on a daily basis, especially in urban areas, but also in rural parts of the country. The Northern hemisphere—particularly North America—happens to be where the climate changes occur the most because there’s more land there and land gets warmer faster than water. The negative effects get much more complicated than you would think and hope. Besides droughts and smog suffered in over-populated California, countries such as Peru have a problem with a weather pattern called El Niño, which brings them excessive rain. Director Michael Taylor includes chilling scene showing New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina as the Gulf of Mexico gradually swallows up land the size of football fields. New York City, which is either at or slightly below sea level, will suffer from rising ocean levels and tidal waves during strong hurricanes. The Great Warming gets more interesting when it shows the current solutions to the effects of global warming while also suggesting ways to minimize them. For example, London built many dams within the Thames River to prevent it from flooding the city. In this part of the country, somebody built a large machine that would absorb carbon dioxide from the air. An architect builds environmentally-friendly houses which minimize the use of electricity and gas by many windows and “stealing” heat from the ground. By the end of this easy-to-follow, beautifully-shot documentary, it’ll be very difficult to get global warming out of your mind.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: The Great Warming reminds you how important it is to care about the environment rather than take it for granted. Even small increases in average temperatures can have a large effect on the environment. It would have been interesting to explore further why oblivious politicians refuse to consider the issue of global warming a priority. Nonetheless, the public should be educated about the imminent threat of global warming and be know how to minimize its negative effects by simple solutions. Even one person can make a difference. Click on this link to find out the small ways that you can make a big difference
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
IN A NUTSHELL: An important, informative, and engaging documentary! A huge wake-up call for anyone who takes global warming for granted!
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)
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