Before the Flood is a look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.
Ever since I heard about this film and some friends had come back with some good reviews after seeing it at the London Film Festival, from this year, it wasn’t until someone I knew shared the YouTube link on Facebook (in which it’s fully and legally available via the National Geographic YouTube page) that I actually managed to see it. And boy was it a heavy and depressing watch.
Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, he talks to various activists, scientists, and politicians around the world talking about how global warming has affected their portions of the world as he attempts to be their voice so they can be heard to those who ridiculously don’t think that global warming is actually something that’s happening right now.
The documentary obviously has a clear goal in presenting us with the information, as mentioned in the documentary, that everyone tends to tune out to when someone starts speaking to them about global warming. Although it presents nothing new, it adds to the urgency of our rapidly declining world with the supported opinions of those who actually know what the hell they’re talking about as DiCaprio tries to raise awareness. Nothing is held back as DiCaprio as well as those he interviews try to make people and their governments realise what they’re doing to the environment around them by continually using fossil fuels.
DiCaprio’s charisma helps aid the general public watching this film understand what’s happening instead of it just being another documentary informing us of climate change. He manages to convince us that it’s not about who pollutes the most or who pollutes the least, it’s about making that change in our lifestyles and mindset so we can help save our planet. This is all despite DiCaprio featuring in quite a big portion of the film instead of just being the narrator but this is overshadowed by a bigger picture of addressing climate change and actually doing something about it instead of just watching and then forgetting about the film later.
For me, at least, I know I’m nowhere close to leaving a good footstep or near a good amount of consumption, it makes you want to think a little harder of what you’re feeding back into the world. What makes this a great documentary is that it really makes you think of what you can do to help change the world for better.