Racing Extinction

Racing Extinction

Oscar-winning documentarian Louie Psihoyo (The Cove) follows undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2015.

"Believing that images can stimulate empathy and in turn change behavior, Psihoyos joins forces with activists, scientists, nature photographers, and cutting-edge inventors to draw attention to the dangers we face. While covert operations reveal the horrific black-market trade in endangered aquatic species, the film's broader lens uncovers the even more disastrous consequences of human activity, chiefly the release of ocean-killing methane and carbon from energy consumption." (Sundance Film Festival)

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USA, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Mexico, UK, Japan

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Hollywood Reporter


The film is a captivating, sobering look at the world's endangered aquatic species, but it's also a frightening revelation of what methane and carbon are doing to the ocean.

New York Times


If you've ever wondered what a breaking heart sounds like, it's right here in the futile warble of the last male of a species of songbird, singing for a mate that will never come.

The Telegraph (UK)


The smug, hectoring tone, the bombastic B-movie soundtrack and the countless talking heads who repeated such meaningless mantra as “humanity has become the asteroid!”, became tiresome after about 20 minutes.

Variety (USA)


Racing Extinction tends to be far more effective when presenting its enlightened activists as heroes.

Village Voice (New York)


Maybe the film's website, where viewers are directed to actually learn about how to stop killing the planet, holds more answers than Racing Extinction itself.