Movie Review: Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie

Details from IMDB:




Force of Nature (2010)

PG 93 min  -  Documentary  -  2 December 2011 (USA)


Ratings: 7.0/10 from 115 users
Reviews: 3 user | 9 critic

Documentary portrait of environmentalist David Suzuki.


Sturla Gunnarsson


Tara Cullis, Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Ann-Marie MacDonald | See full cast and crew »

Initial Thoughts:

I’ll say this right away, I love David Suzuki (not sexually of course) and his foundation. I may certainly be bias, I give the foundation over $1000 a year and I try hard to be an environmentalist myself.  But let’s move on to the review.

Main Points:

The idea here was to not only film a speech he gave in 2010 in Vancouver, B.C. (to a sold out crowd that gives two standing ovations) but to also try to let the audience learn about him as a person and what lead him to be who he is today. You learn lots of interesting facts about his personal life (he was kicked out of B.C. and had to live in a work town, this was during a shameful period of Canadian history in 1942. How he came to love nature as he felt like an outcast both from Caucasians and other Japanese people.

You get to see emotional moments from him as he remembers his father, the failure of his first marriage, visiting Hiroshima and a blue fin tuna market in Japan. You feel his frustration, see his dedication and see the fragile and rather macabre side of him as he thinks of his own death.

Perhaps most importantly is the message though, our top concern cannot be the economy. Nothing is more important that the state of the planet, without a stable environment eventually we will no longer be able to live here. While he says the situation is dire, he says there is hope. We are the superior species on the planet and it’s time we showed the best of what humanity can accomplish.

Final thoughts:

I don’t know how you could see this movie and not care about what’s happening to the planet. Even if you believe the rumours about Suzuki (they involve his personal life mostly, not professional), even if you don’t like him at all, believe that he is an award-winning scientist who knows what he’s talking about. We HAVE to care about what happens to our world, everyone has to make a change no matter how small or large. The alternative is too horrible to imagine and time is running out. Okay I’m off my soapbox, obviously I really enjoyed this. It has a few flaws (times where Suzuki just stares into the camera and when the director makes an obvious mistake). I give it a strong 8/10 and I highly recommend it. Unlike most movies I see this one was appropriate for all ages and I hope that parents will show it to their children. Until next time I am, as always…



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