Racing Extinction (2015) Movie Review

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Racing Extinction (2015)

2015 | R | Thriller, Drama, Action, Adventure, Documentary
90 minutes / 1h 30min

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Racing Extinction Plot Synopsis:

Scientists predict we may lose half the species on the planet by the end of the century. They believe we have entered the sixth major extinction event in Earth's history. Number five took out the dinosaurs. This era is called the Anthropocene, or 'Age of Man', because the evidence shows that humanity has sparked this catastrophic loss. We are the only ones who can stop it as well. The Oceanic Preservation Society, the group behind the Academy Award® winning film THE COVE, is back for "Racing Extinction". Along with some new innovators, OPS will bring a voice to the thousands of species on the very edge of life. An unlikely team of activists is out to expose the two worlds endangering species across the globe. The first threat to the wild comes from the international trade of wildlife. Bogus markets are being created at the expense of creatures who have survived on this planet for millions of years. The other threat is all around us, hiding in plain sight. There's a hidden world that the oil and gas companies don't want the rest of us to see. Director Louie Psihoyos has concocted an ambitious mission to call attention to our impact on the planet, while inspiring others to embrace the solutions that will ensure a thriving planet for future generations.

Racing Extinction (2015) Review

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.

  • Racing Extinction Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 9
  • Overall Score: 8.44
  • IMDB: 8.2
  • MetaCritic: 8.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 8.1

About Racing Extinction 2015

Title: Racing Extinction
Year: 2015
Runtime: 90 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Action, Adventure, Documentary
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.22/5 stars from 6,610 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 6,610
MPAA Rating: R
Racing Extinction Cast Starring: Eric Goode, Elon Musk, Kirk Johnson, Dr. J.E.N. Charlie Veron, Ady Gil, Boris Worm, Louie Psihoyos, David Doubilet, Mark Mandica, Jane Goodall, Jerry Greenberg, Ming Yao, Leilani Münter, John Veron, Leilani Münter, Charles Hambleton, Elizabeth Kolbert, Paul Hilton, Synte Peacock, Shawn Heinrichs, Jason Hall-Spencer, Joel Sartore, Alan Barton, Austin Richards, Bill Dewey, Heather Dawn Rally, Guillermo Berra, Travis Threlkel, Yao Ming, Dr. Christopher W. Clark
Racing Extinction Writers: NA
Racing Extinction Director: Louie Psihoyos
Production: Discovery
Language: English
Country: USA, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Mexico, UK,