Acclaimed photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
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Using mainly images, this film proves beyond doubt that at least something is horribly wrong climatically. It hurts me watching this, to see proof of how bad the situation is and how quickly it worsens at the hands of mankind. It's not all depressing though. The film is visually breathtaking and the adventure of the project is well documented. Ultimately, this is a bright initiative to inform in an accessible way.
Stirring, visually arresting documentary follows James Balog, photographer and founder of the Extreme Ice Survey, who travels the globe documenting the staggering destruction of glaciers, providing visual proof of global warming and its devastating effect on the landscape. Powerful stuff, confronting the audience irrefutable visual evidence for a phenomenon often characterized by statistics and projections.
Stunning cinematography and photography, presented in a somewhat unfocused film. Watching the documentary I get the impression that the chase for the visuals wasn't sufficient enough to make a whole film - so some unnecessary emotional stuff had to be inserted. That the film had an Academy Awards nomination for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures is really a farce...
Both a mesmerising and terrifying study of the climate crisis. Stunning photography and cinematography come together to deliver a necessary and, perhaps, overdue message. This is recommended viewing for all generations. As a film, more focus on how this crisis is impacting human lives would have added an emotional appeal to support the scientific and imagistic details while bringing the message closer to home.
The credits alone earn it top grades, but if you want to see the otherworldly ice-scapes and chilling results of the ice survey, skip to the final 20 minutes or better yet, just watch the TED talk. The bulk of this film is about the dedication of the photographer/adventurer pushing his own limits to deliver this story. Which is equally impressive, in my book. + for great score