Before The Flood (2016) Sunday, 05 April 2020

Before The Flood (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Fishering for the truth.

  • Starring:

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Ban Ki-Moon, Elon Musk, Pope Francis, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Kerry, Sunita Narain, Barack Obama, Lindsey Allen, Farwiza Farhan, Jeremy Jackson, Michael E. Mann, Piers Sellers, Anote Tong

  • Directed by:

    Fisher Stevens

  • Running time:

    96 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)


    Written death threats to a man's self/family shown (eg you're going to hang/you ought to be shot). Images of people fighting/being beaten for fresh water access. Film footage of battle scene. Photo (and theatrical recreation) of mountain of skulls. Images of devastating floods, hurricanes, storms, wildfires, burning water, oil spills, deforestation, drought, dead fish, destroyed coral reefs. Photo of Jeffrey Dahmer. Poisoned water, hunting, fishing, corruption, bribes mentioned. Yelling, street protesting. Blood/gore: Slaughtering cattle, pancreatic cancer mentioned.


    Painting of many nude people. Shirtless men. Deadly sins, debauchery, excess, gay marriage mentioned.


    Alcohol (spirits). Smoking.


    Badass, sonofab*tch, p*ssed, cr*p. Religious references and exclamations (oh my God). Name-calling (charlatan, etc).


    Climate change, global warming, action, extinction, crisis, misinformation, deforestation, wildlife, environmentalism, renewable energy, industrialisation, urbanisation, denialism, rising sea levels, palm oil, methane, carbon tax, The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymous Bosch, The Revenant (movie).


    Horses, polar bear, narwhals, seals, penguins, cats, cows, cow dung, caged pigs, ocean fish, elephant, orangutans, camels. Helicopters, planes, airport setting, submersible setting. Fur, leather worn. Spitting. Roasting chicken (archival footage). Some fast editing. Several foreign languages (some subtitles/translation).


    Compelling, effective, well-intentioned, personal, interesting, necessary, smooth, well-paced, fervent, sober, thoughtful, rousing, accessible, intelligent, concise, thought-provoking, entertaining, urgent, sincere, comprehensive, persuasive. Proposes numerous solutions, handsomely shot, some heartbreaking/alarming moments.


    Obvious political agenda, a little didactic, The Garden of Earthly Delights framing device is a little pat/on-the-nose.

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