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"Art meets science."

This documentary is a time-lapsed photographer's journey across tree continents. The goal is to capture the collapse of huge glaciers in pursuit of exposing the drastic change in just one year's time. James Balog is a National Geographic photographer who risks life and limb surveying the changes of our planet. Within seconds, a year's worth of change is captured and shows how our actions effect our world. Helicopters, canoes, and dog sledding are methods of his transportation. The photographer wants to bring awareness on a global scope of how serious the situation is. The glaciers that have been around for centuries are dramatically reduced in a matter of minutes. The journey is fast paced and a sense of urgency is noted to reduce our use of carbon products that seem to be the cause of the melting glaciers.

From Alaska to Greenland, Balog shows immediate effects of temperatures rising. Although the photography is beautiful, the underlying message is one of desperation to uncover what is happening to our planet. Viewing the disaster that is coming becomes a theme for the film. Huge chunks of ice break away, known as "calving", and float in the water. The extreme breaking away of the ice is noted all over for miles and miles around the glaciers. Balog faces extreme weather with his young compatriots following him all over the globe.

Risking their health to show how much has changed in a short period of time, the crew literally risk their lives to capture the collapse of ice around the world. The film is so blue with all the different ice formations. The world one never gets to see is recorded in a means to inform the world of how it is decomposing right before our very eyes. The goal is to reduce our carbon emissions before it is too late. The film is rated PG-13, and runs one hour and sixteen minutes.

| 2012 | 1 hr 16 min | 7.8/10 | 75/100
James Balog, Svavar Jónatansson, Louie Psihoyos, Kitty Boone
Jeff Orlowski

Also directed by Jeff Orlowski

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