A Plastic Ocean
A Plastic Ocean
A PLASTIC OCEAN begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.
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January 31, 2018 at 02:16 PM
It's about garbage...it *is* garbage!
You can toss this one into the same garbage bin as Inconvenient Truth was tossed into.
So much speculation and tunnel vision that it's obvious it's agenda motivated.
*Definitely* not scientific!
I don't have an agenda
I mainly enjoyed the documentary, could be a bit more well produced though. It should be, in my opinion, more about the plastic in the ocean per se, the consequences, direct and indirect, the study cases (and there are thousands of those), as it was in the first part, and less about the human self-destruction with garbage (2nd part).
All in all this documentary is a 50% of good scientific proof of the damage plastic is to our environment/our possible future, and 50% of opinion journalism. I don't dislike the opinions, but most are uninformed and there are some scientific errors here and there.
Still I give it a positive review, as it can achieve its goal into showing people what our mindless action can do to the environment and, in the midle/long term, to us! I would recommend it, but be aware of some sensasionalistic opinions.
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A journalist studies how plastic destroys the environment in different part of the world
When I watched Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, I felt there was nothing new to learn about how we destroy the environment anymore. However, A Plastic Ocean manages to carve a niche in the environmental documentary genre. Following a clear format like a conventional essay, the problem is introduced, the individuals studying the problems raise their concerns, and specific examples are churned to hammer home the message that plastic literally kills. The third act of the film shows how the problem is being dealt with and how individuals actually tackle the problem. The strict following of format works to effectively communicate the director's point. The documentary even manages to have an attractive female diver to advocate the cause. In short, this documentary is a call to action using clever techniques to grab attention of the audiences of the plight of our oceans, and proposes answers. The scenes of animal autopsies showing plastic pieces in their stomachs are quite disturbing, and feels like a found footage horror piece. These scenes are spread throughout the movie and never fails to shock. However, the documentary seems to drag at times, and some actions such as the director asking shops to stop using plastic seemed to moralistic. Despite this, the documentary does not try to place the blame on anyone, or any company. It presents ideas, and even portrays corporations in a positive light. One Chinese company (usually vilified by Western media) which spilled tonnes of plastic due to a storm was portrayed as actively participating to clean up the mess and aid to be 'responsible' for its actions. This approach of not antagonizing any party is quite refreshing, and makes this documentary worth watching for its presentation value. To sum up, this is an informative documentary about a problem we overlooked, and it proposes solutions and does not scare you as much as Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth.