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Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Somber docu explores how to save our planet and humanity.

Movie PG 2021 73 minutes
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Breaking Boundaries is a sobering narrative about all the ways our ecosystem has already breached milestones that indicate saving the planet may be all but impossible at this point. The somber tone brings several of the interviewed scientists to tears as they describe the devastation of 1,000-year fires on wildlife and habitats, of the killing of coral reefs, or the melting of planet-sustaining glaciers.

At times the presentation feels overly technical. Many statistics are recited by well-meaning talking heads. The question is whether this is the best way to incite action in a public already demonstrating a skepticism of science and experts. The information is good, but it's hard to predict how many will be willing to sit through what sadly amounts to little more than a dull university lecture. The people with the bandwidth to get through this material probably already know what it has to say. If you want to know how many billions of tons of carbon dioxide we've released since the Industrial Revolution, it's here: 2,400 billion tons. Will you remember that figure when the film moves on to the next set of similarly overwhelming stats? Unlikely.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: June 4, 2021
  • Director: Jonathan Clay
  • Studio: Netflix
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run time: 73 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG
  • Last updated: February 17, 2023

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