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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The issue of global warming is subject to heated debate in the public and political forums, and this documentary is intentionally one-sided. Balog's passionate claims are hard to deny in light of his photographic evidence, but opponents might find holes in his conclusions. Either way, the movie raises important points and encourages discussion about environmental issues.
Positive Role Models
Balog's heart is in the right place, and he's tireless in his efforts to bring attention to what he considers to be a dangerous natural predicament. The extreme elements make his work hazardous, but he takes the risk out of a sense of responsibility toward humans' need to know the truth. He demonstrate courage, curiosity, and perseverance.
Violence & Scariness
A small set of photos shows bloody animal carcasses strung up for gutting and skinning.
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Very rarely "s--t," "fricking," and "Jesus Christ" as an exclamation.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Chasing Ice is an award-winning documentary about the work of celebrated photographer James Balog in tracking glacier retreat. It introduces scientific terms related to climate change and presents one side of the global warming debate, aiming to convince viewers of the looming threat of warming temperatures. There are moments of anger, frustration, and sadness as the subjects brave harsh elements and technological failures to complete their work, but the lengths to which they will go for the truth is inspiring. Language ("s--t," "fricking," "Jesus Christ") is minimal, as are viewers' exposure to scenes of splayed and bloody animal carcasses being prepared after a hunt. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Whatever your stance on the climate change debate, this stellar documentary is well worth watching, and Balog's passion for his life's work is inspiring. The film devotes more time to following the ups and downs of Balog's quest than it does to lecturing viewers on the dangers of fossil fuels, but its ultimate message is clear: Global warming is causing glaciers to disappear at a frightening rate, and the effects on the world's population could be devastating. He makes a firm case for his claims, presenting remarkable photographic evidence of ice masses -- some nearly as large as Manhattan -- succumbing to the elements and being lost forever to the sea.
Chances are your kids won't find Chasing Ice's subject matter particularly fascinating unless they have some familiarity with the issues already, but the opposite is true for older viewers. You'll come away from it thinking hard about the environmental issues that plague our planet and our role in maintaining its well-being for generations to come, which can spark great discussions and possibly take-action projects within your family and community.
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