Pandora's Promise Wednesday, 08 April 2020

Pandora's Promise

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    An explosive topic.

  • Starring:

    Stewart Brand, Richard Rhodes, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas, Michael Shellenberger, Len Koch, Charles Till

  • Directed by:

    Robert Stone

  • Running time:

    87 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    Television footage of Fukushima Daiichi power plant explosion, extensive tsunami devastation, Hiroshima, nuclear mushroom clouds, people being dragged/manhandled/arrested. Wrecked buildings, abandoned cars, property damage, protests, rioting, smashed glass seen. Air raid sirens heard. Meteorological footage of Superstorm Sandy. Nuclear accidents, atomic bombs, atomic weapons, World War II, Hiroshima, killing people, radiation contamination, death rates mentioned. Cloaked man in gas mask, people wearing masks seen.


    Shirtless men, youths. Naked baby (rear view). Loose-fitting casual clothing, swimwear worn.




    F-word, s-word. Name-calling. Religious references.


    Nuclear energy, nuclear weapons, global warming, environmental activism, radiation risk, fallout, uranium, energy production, power, reactors, nuclear testing, clean energy, safety, engineering, fossil fuels, climate change, chain reaction, media, propoganda, opinion, ignorance, conversion, disillusionment, The Kyoto Protocol, consumerism, misconceptions, renewable resources, nuclear waste.


    Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, Fukushima Daiichi, church settings. Cancer, acute radiation syndrome, medical abortions mentioned. Planes, chickens, cats, people living in filthy conditions. Brief Portuguese, Russian and Japanese languages (translated).


    Intelligent, compelling, informative, fascinating, lively, timely, controversial, articulate, thoughtful, refreshing, persuasive. Meticulously researched, beautifully crafted, understated tone, convincing interviewees.


    Propagandist, one-sided, dry. Narrow focus, anecdotal approach, lacks solid evidence.

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