“Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet” is a documentary concerning the finish of the world. It focuses on 9 planetary thresholds, outlined by the Swedish scientist and environmental science professor Johan Rockstrom, which, if exceeded, life on Earth will now not be sustainable. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the perennial voice of the British nature doc, “Breaking Boundaries” is brimming with grim scientific perception and pressing cautionary pronouncements, however its model feels fussy and belabored — as if the tip of the world weren’t dramatic sufficient. It’s laborious to focus on land composition and vanishing biodiversity amid the barrage of weird visible results and histrionic music.
Streaming on Netflix, Jon Clay’s movie presents quite a lot of credible speaking heads to elucidate such issues because the historical past of the Anthropocene and the significance of the biosphere, with an emphasis on the risks dealing with our planet past international warming. To intensify the seriousness of the scenario, these consultants lean laborious on metaphors — we hear quite a bit about falling dominoes, tipping factors, hazard zones, runaway trains, open home windows, the edges of cash and, most whimsically, “planetary buddies and planetary foes.”
The film visualizes these metaphors tritely, as an example by slicing to a moody shot of a window being shut, and depends extensively on an elaborate C.G.I. visible of featureless people strolling on color-coded pathways, which appears like a business for pain-relief remedy and to which the movie returns always, to laughable impact. “Breaking Boundaries” might have attention-grabbing — even important — info to convey about the way forward for our species and the destiny of the planet. However the type is so insane that the message is almost misplaced within the muddle.
Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet
Not rated. Operating time: 1 hour 13 minutes. Watch on Netflix.