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From One Second to the Next

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Chilling tales hammer home dangers of texting and driving.

Movie NR 2013 35 minutes
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These stories are painful to watch (have some tissues handy), but they drive home an essential message in a way no 30-second ad or two-dimensional billboard ever could. Texting and driving: We're bombarded with cautionary messages about the dangers every day, but do we really grasp the gravity of the issue? Particularly for teens, who were raised in our hyper-connected culture, the concept of a daily behavior like texting being dangerous is easily dismissed. Enter From One Second to the Next, a gripping tribute to not only the lethal risks texting behind the wheel poses but also to some of the victims it's already claimed, including, to some degree, the errant drivers.


Public service announcement aside, this relatively short documentary is a masterful example of filmmaking, which is why it's very difficult to shut it off or even turn away from screen prematurely. In the absence of background music or narrative, emotional accounts from victims and their families –- as well as responding officers and the perpetrators themselves –- build tension to a breaking point. No effort is made to doctor the content or fill in lengthy pauses in victims' accounts because it's just not necessary; these harrowing tales are more dramatic than any fictionalized version could be, and there's no avoiding the crucial message they drive home.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: August 9, 2013
  • Director: Werner Herzog
  • Studio: AT&T
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run time: 35 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: February 17, 2023

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