Manufactured Landscapes

25 02 2011

Rating: Unrated

Runtime: 1 hr. 23 min.

Rotten Tomatoes: 7.3/10, 83%

The dialogue in Manufactured Landscapes doesn’t say much, but the pictures say it all. The film follows around photographer Edward Burtynsky as he shoots pictures of the changing landscapes all around the world. Following a striking and appropriately drawn out several minutes of going down row after row in a Chinese manufacturing plant, the documentary continues to amaze with its striking angles of the impact humans are having on the environment.

Without taking sides as to whether or not we should find alternatives to our materialistic lifestyles, the film tells the truth about the slow wear we put on the planet as a result of our consumer mentalities as well as the use of what we view as the basic necessities in life.

Going into the places not many people have been, Edward Burtynsky and the camera crew take us to some uncomfortable places. Then again, they also take us to the scenes we visit everyday and show them to us through a different lens. It may not convince people to change their lifestyles, nor is that the stated goal, but after watching Manufactured Landscapes, you will never see your daily habits in the same light again.

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