8.3/10
18,511
90 user 28 critic

Before the Flood (2016)

A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

La Cicciolina. Godmother of Scandal captures both with passion and a twinkle of irony, the phenomenon Ilona Staller in its multiple facets and places it in the wider context of Italy's political situation at the time.

Director: Alessandro Melazzini
Stars: Ilona Staller, Michele Lo Foco, Riccardo Schicchi
Do Not Resist (2016)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An account of the increasing use of military weapons and tactics by local law enforcement in the United States, counterpointed with civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of Michael Brown in 2014.

Director: Craig Atkinson
Stars: James Comey, Dave Grossman, Rand Paul
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

They were an unlikely couple - Jens Soering, the geeky son of a German diplomat and Elizabeth Haysom, the worldly, aloof daughter of a wealthy steel executive and his artist wife. The ... See full summary »

Directors: Karin Steinberger, Marcus Vetter
Stars: Gail Ball, Daniel Brühl, Tom Elliott
Documentary | Biography | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The story of the most wanted man online

Director: Annie Goldson
Stars: Kim Dotcom, Alan Curtis, France Komoroske
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Using the controversy over genetically-modified foods as its entry point, 'Food Evolution' shows how easily fear and misinformation can overwhelm objective, evidence-based analysis.

Director: Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Stars: Raoul Adamchak, Charles Benbrook, Karl Haro von Mogel
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability.

Directors: Kip Andersen, Keegan Kuhn
Stars: Lisa Agabian, Manucher Alemi, Lindsey Allen
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Elon Musk, Lawrence Krauss, Lucianne Walkowicz
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A PLASTIC OCEAN begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig ... See full summary »

Director: Craig Leeson
Stars: David Attenborough, Sylvia Earle
Documentary | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The Living Room of the Nation is a documentary film that portrays a number of Finnish living rooms. The film is a story of changes, the inevitable passing of time, and the human desire to be needed, visible.

Director: Jukka Kärkkäinen
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Wildlife activists in take on poachers in an effort to end illegal ivory trade in Africa.

Directors: Kief Davidson, Richard Ladkani
Stars: Andrea Crosta, Ian Stevenson, Prince William
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Himself (as Ban Ki-Moon)
...
Himself (as Alejandro G. Iñárritu)
Mike Brune ...
Himself (as Michael Brune)
Marc Mageau ...
Himself
Enric Sala ...
Himself (as Dr. Enric Sala)
Jake Awa ...
Himself
Jason Box ...
Himself (as Prof. Jason E. Box)
Philip Levine ...
Himself
...
Himself (as Dr. Michael E. Mann)
Ma Jun ...
Himself
Alvin Lin ...
Himself
Sunita Narain ...
Herself
Ashok Lavasa ...
Himself
Haji Ji ...
Himself, farmer
Edit

Storyline

A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Science is Clear. The Future is Not.

Genres:

Documentary | News

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, some nude and suggestive art images, language and brief smoking | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 October 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Turning Point  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Leonardo Dicaprio nearly drowned while shooting one of the first outings. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Leonardo DiCaprio: My first visual memories are of this framed poster above my crib. I'd stare at it every night before I went to bed. My father was an underground comic distributor.
See more »


Soundtracks

Disappearing Act
Composed and performed by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Incredibly biased, provides only facts that support his opinion
15 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

If nothing else, Before the Flood allows viewers a glimpse at Leo DiCaprio's apparently tortured thought process. The results aren't pretty, but they tell you a lot.

In nearly two hours of preaching all manner of rehashed conspiracies, his documentary ultimately provides few facts. You won't hear any mention of Canada's world leadership as a top producer of wind, hydro and solar power. You also won't find any mention of First Nations prospering to the tune of $10 billion over the last 15 years through First Nations-owned companies in the oil sands region.

You certainly won't learn by watching the film that, since 1990, Canadian oil sands producers have reduced per-barrel GHG emissions by an average of 30 per cent, and that some achieved reductions as high as half. You'll miss the fact the oil sands contribute only 0.15 per cent of global GHG emissions, and that just 1.6 per cent of all of emissions come from Canada.

And you'll not be told -- even during an oil sands flyover segment -- that mining is just one aspect of the Alberta industry, and a diminishing aspect at that, accounting for less than one per cent of the oil sands land area over the last fifty years of development. Information on the growing, and far less invasive in situ oil extraction techniques never makes it into the film. Nor does Alberta's climate leadership regarding plans for an emissions cap and a price on carbon. Leo doesn't mention that Canada is a global leader in energy regulation and environmental progress, either.

But like the Hieronymus Bosch poster above Leo's crib throughout his childhood, placed there by his comic-book-loving father, Before the Flood is chock full of scary images of doom and destruction. The film concludes with the usual talking points about political will, shutting down "the tar sands" and putting up windmills and solar panels in developing regions where too many inhabitants can't even afford a light bulb.

At the end of the day, the film is about a famous, globetrotting real-action figure, haunted by end-of-the-world nightmares, seeking redemption from the United Nations, the Vatican, the Democrats and Martin Scorsese, executive producer.

Before the Flood is DiCaprio's latest high-priced attempt at throwing a giant scare into anybody who ever felt a tinge of guilt about eating certain foods, drinking certain beverages, and using fossil fuels for telecommunications or transportation, heating or health care, improved literacy or just plain all-round modern living.


16 of 31 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page