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47 Ratings

Chasing Coral

Directed by Jeff Orlowski
United States, 2017


Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

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Chasing Coral Directed by Jeff Orlowski
The beauty of Chasing Coral enhances the tragedy of its findings, and when the team’s time-lapse cameras prove ineffective the emotions hit hard. Underwater camera technician Zack Rago, a self-professed “coral nerd”, begins manually taking photos each day to create a time-lapse of the Great Barrier Reef. His pain at seeing a once thriving underwater habitat crumble is palpable, and the image of him swimming through a desolate wasteland will stay with you long after the credits roll.
July 14, 2017
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No doubt most people have read the occasional news story about the world’s coral reefs disappearing at an alarming rate, but so far this has been the very definition of an “out of sight, out of mind” problem. By all indications, “Chasing Coral” could be a game changer in terms of public perception. Like Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and Louis Psihoyos’ “The Cove” in years past, the film makes a powerful case less through argument than by using cinema’s most basic tool: visual proof.
July 14, 2017
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This film, more than its predecessor, frequently adopts the soporific rhythms of reality TV, cutting back and forth between preparations and explanations. But [it] has a cogent, timely argument to make—and, crucially, it’s an argument that demands visual presentation. For once, reading a book or in-depth article on the subject wouldn’t be remotely as persuasive (except perhaps regarding the question of whether human activity is primarily responsible). If your eyes work, your heart will sink.
July 12, 2017
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