Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  87 min.
Release Date:
September 28, 2018 - Toronto
October 5, 2018 - Vancouver
October 19, 2018 - Montréal
DVD: January 22, 2019
Blu-ray: January 22, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 3.00
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Cast: Alicia Vikander


Not long ago, scientists announced that they believe we have entered into the Anthropocene Epoch. The new name reflects the fact that humans now change the Earth and its systems more than all other processes combined on the planet, which is causing mass extinction of many species, not to mention climate change.

Spanning six of the seven continents and 20 countries, this documentary, narrated by Alicia Vikander, reveals how our determination for conquest over all has created a global epidemic. In Kenya, mounds of elephant tusks burn in a devastating display of the impact of poaching. In Russia and Germany, mining operations transform terrains into otherworldly industrial wastelands as hypnotic, colossal, lifelike machines endlessly extract on an unfathomable scale.

These images serve as a wake up call to do something about the destruction caused by our dominance. These are not projections of the future, this is a reality that is already happening and we are shown why something needs to start happening immediately if we are to change course and save the world and humanity from extinction.

Director: Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Nicholas de Pencier
Screenplay: Jennifer Baichwal
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  • 4 stars "Its spaces of pure silence married with stunning undeniable photographs and real action create a truth that cannot be escaped. The facts, the astonishing numbers, are delivered in a similarly quiet, simply real, honest voice, at appropriate intervals. Whilst the delivery felt boring at times, this served to mimic our compliancy with what we and our planet have become. Anthropocene presents gently the harsh reality of what Earth was and how we have morphed it in our very short time here."
  • 4 stars "Good visuals, strong message, standard "we're killing the planet" message."
  • 1 star "Another left wing shading of the obvious truth, the solutions to 90% of the world's problems; overpopulation. Why does no one talk about this anymore? I'll tell you; right and left wing make trillions of dollars having us breed to extinction. The left gets lots more of ignorant uneducated voters, the right gets cheap labor. I pray daily for a mad scientist to develop a 60% mortality flu virus."