Racing Extinction (2015) Movie Review

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2015 | Thriller, Action, Adventure, Documentary
90 minutes /

User Score: 58/100

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Racing Extinction Review


A documentary that follows undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction.

Racing Extinction (2015) is a USA/China/Hong Kong/Indonesia/Mexico/UK documentary in English about the Anthropogenic mass extinction of all species. Director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove (2009), Chasing Ice (2012), 13 Dinosaur 13 (2014)) did an outstanding job shedding light on what is happening. The documentary is also an action-packed adventure thriller film that will keep everyone entertained. It shows how much effort scientists, activists, and journalists put into this problem and how they document it. I gave this movie a nine because it is remarkable to see a documentary that is so well made and entertaining. I did not get bored as I did with viewing many other documentaries that are similar because the voice and overall videos are usually something that puts me to sleep.

Racing Extinction gives us numerous examples of Anthropocene Extinction and how the spread of mankind caused the largest mass extinction since 66 million years ago where the KT event occurred. The biggest mass extinction includes global warming, poaching, and disease. I did not know that overpopulation, globalization, and animal agriculture is the primary cause of extinction. Racing Extinction was very educational and touching - made me a little more self-aware. I cannot thank the director and writer Mark Monroe (The Cove (2009), Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006), Sound City (2013), Chasing Ice (2012)) enough for spreading their knowledge with us. They show us illegal wildlife trade, a whale meat restaurant in the US and shark fin and Manta ray gill trade in Hong Kong and China for the purpose of traditional medicines. I have heard of restaurants selling shark fin soup and fried shark but never put much thought into where do they get their supply from. Sharks are overfished, and the Florida grasshopper sparrow¬†and Rabb’s fringe-limbed treefrog are soon to be extinct.

There are so many other important subjects that are seen in this documentary that is heartbreaking as well as enlightening. I urge everyone to take a look at this documentary so that we can be more aware of what is happening around us. The documentary is excellent in every possible way. I gave this documentary a nine because it deserves it for being interesting and containing a certain atmosphere that will not make someone’s mind wander away from it. The best way to view this documentary is when you have time to pay attention to every word and not be distracted by what might be going on around you. Be warned that there is not much graphic content in this documentary so the visual appeals will not be there. Leave a comment below and let us know what you think about Racing Extinction.

About Racing Extinction 2015

Title: Racing Extinction
Original Title: 6, The Heist, The Singing Planet
Year: 2015
Runtime: 90 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Action, Adventure, Documentary
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.9/5 stars from 12 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 12
Starring: Eric Goode, Elon Musk, Stuart Pimm, Christopher W. Clark, Louie Schwartzberg, Michael Novacek, Dr. J.E.N. Charlie Veron, Kirk Johnson, Boris Worm, Ady Gil, Mark Mandica, Louie Psihoyos, David Doubilet, Jane Goodall, Jerry Greenberg, Leilani Münter, John Veron, Elizabeth Kolbert, Charles Hambleton, Synte Peacock, Paul Hilton, Jason Hall-Spencer, Shawn Heinrichs, Alan Barton, Joel Sartore, Bill Dewey, Austin Richards, Guillermo Berra, Heather Dawn Rally, Yao Ming
Writers: Mark Monroe
Director: Louie Psihoyos