Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (2013)

Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (2013)
  • 424
  • Not Rated
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Release year: 2013 ()
  • Running time: 57 min
  • Original Title: Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
  • Voted: 424

Angela Sun's journey of discovery to one of the most remote places on Earth, Midway Atoll, to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Along the way she encounters scientists, industry, legislators and activists who shed light on what our society's vast consumption of disposable plastic is doing to our oceans, and what it may be doing to our health.

  • Important problem, lackluster solution by 7

    My fellow Californian Angela Sun builds a compelling case against the convenience of plastics in modern living. Plastic's stubborn refusal to break down into its component parts mean it is a persistent pollutant. Plastic enters the world's oceans, is broken into tiny bits, and ingested by marine life and birds. It then makes it's way up the food chain, ultimately into humans.

    As the film stated, plastic is the third biggest industry in the USA. Can we afford, ecologically or economically, to turn it off or to leave it running? This film takes the position of halting or diminishing plastic consumption...but what if there is another way? One of the challenges humanity will face as it continues to grow, and it's reach expands, is learning to use the finite resources of the planet (the Solar System, the galaxy) in ever more creative, efficient, and ingenious ways. After all, BPA is a discovery of 1930s chemistry.

    Why not use 2015 chemical and physical science to find a way to alter plastics into a more degenerative or reusable compound? Our third largest industry and the second order impacts of those jobs would be maintained and contamination of the world's oceans would be reduced or eliminated. Somewhere in the sometimes rocky marriage of science and industry is a savior (for the ecologists) and an invention (for the entrepreneurs). I gave this documentary 7 of 10 for sounding an alarm that needs to be sounded, but was somewhat lacking in exploring solutions.

  • Shocking, Heart-Wrenching, Important by 10

    Angela Sun brings us a film that might just change your life. The films focus - Man's most destructive invention. Plastic. Plastic. Oh my god, plastic... Plastic is the only substance known to man that never goes away. Think of every piece of plastic you've ever touched, from the toys you played with as children to the coffee lids you use every day. You threw them out, as I did, without a care in the world, not knowing that they're still out there and they're destroying our world. Millions of sea creatures die each year from the billions of tons of plastic in the ocean. And the rate of plastic production is INCREASING.

    I beg you, if you have not already seen this movie, please watch it. It's well made, and worthwhile in every sense of the word. It will make your blood boil and head spin. I give this wonderfully made, terribly saddening, illuminating work 10 stars, and if I could give it 11 I would. It changed my life.

1Joseph Ochoacinematographer
2Johnny Belleditor
3Dan Sackseditor
4Wendy Shueyeditor
5James Witkereditor
6Tanya Leal Sotoproducer
7Lewis Goldsmithself
8Wallace J. Nicholsself
9Angela Sunself