Time to Choose full movie review - Two Sides of a Green Coin
This latest offering from Charles Ferguson, also director of Inside Job and other documentaries is a high quality, informative and beautiful film that strives to explore both the problems and the solutions surrounding Climate Change.
It offers panoramic vistas and elliptical music in the vein of "Koyaanisqatsi", a basic scientific recap along the lines of "An Inconvenient Truth" and the immediacy and adventure of "Years of Living Dangerously" while presenting a coherent, succinct and well-organized account. The film is broken into three segments: Power generation, transportation and food production, showing how each one is responsible for one-third of the anthropogenic forcing. In each segment, it starts with a broad view and quickly descends to ground level and the human impact. Its view is happily not limited to any one country and much time is spent on China. The dangers of coal are contrasted with the promise of solar. A look at electric car development includes a Tesla beating a Ferrari. The agricultural segment includes heartbreaking helicopter footage of acres of cattle cordoned in bleak, muddy pens. My only disappointment is that there were 5 people in the audience. Everyone was watching X-men I can only assume. The film ends with the challenge contained in its title and formulated throughout: we have the technology to fix the problem. We just need to choose to use it.