Trashed (2012)

Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons...
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9/10 / 10

An eye opening and grimly compelling documentary on waste with aninspired choice of guide in Jeremy Irons. This film will make youseriously consider your lifestyle and dietary choice by radicallychanging your attitude to waste. The film fully documents thealternatives to landfill and incineration, as well as shocking you intowondering why the alternatives haven't been fully explored orimplemented. The films contains a great deal of information andstatistics, making it very educational and informative and a filmeveryone should watch. I sincerely recommend Trashed-it's a realeye-opener! If you think you're protected by environmental legislation,think again...

6/10 / 10

I saw this at the Cork Film Festival this weekend. Unfortunately thedirector couldn't make it due to family illness.

Overall I felt the message was a bit muddled at times - particularlywhen Jeremy Irons visits the orphanages in Vietnam - and it dragged inparts. They spend an awful lot of time interviewing people involved invarious incinerators around the world but the message is always thesame so after a while it gets a bit boring. When they focus on the seaand the amount of plastic in it again they get different people to saythe same thing which again gets a little irritating. Probably the mostglaring example of this is the very beginning when it focuses on thetrash mountain in Lebanon that is leaking into the sea. It alternatesbetween long shots of the mountain, to Jeremy sitting on a trashcovered beach looking pensive, then back to the mountain, thenJeremy.... I felt like standing up and going "OK I GET IT!! LET'S MOVEON!!" Having said that, Jeremy was a great choice of protagonist as heis both engaging and humane in terms of those that he encounters, andquite funny at times too. It ends on an optimistic note which isimportant for these kinds of documentaries as most of the content isfairly depressing. But I feel they could easily shaved at least 20minutes off the running time without in any way affecting thenarrative.

8/10 / 10

Yesterday, i watched this movie in the International Documentary FilmFestival at Erasms Huis Jakarta. First thing i want to say is'Shocking'. Candida Brady provided undebatable facts how the wasteeffect entire world and human being. Eventough this movie isdocumentary, which contain lots of academic analysis about waste andits effect, but the present of Jeremy Iron give the taste of humor tooin some parts. It gave the refreshment after all analysis which makeyour forehead crinkled . I think the message of the film easilyembraced by the deliberation of the real facts. I wonder, how long thisfilm making took time as it covers almost all parts of world, from eastto west, from south to north. Just Bravo!

10 / 10

This movie received a 10 from me, not because it is a perfect documentary but because it intends to save your life.

Yes, the movie seems mildly tedious and dragging at some points. But tell me, when you are in despair, trying to explain your kid the 100th time that it is NOT the best idea to poke the electricity plug hole with metal pins, isn't that tedious ... ? Still you do it. And you deserve the moral appreciation when you do it consequently. For me -- and you don't have to agree, of course -- the overwhelming moral message and values of this movie clearly break even with the small flaws that might otherwise put some critics off.

Jeremy Irons not only narrated and starred this film, but he has been its producer as well. It is obvious from the start that he fully adopted the main "role", i.e. he bites the bullet and doggedly guides us through a maze of ignorance, complacency, cynicism, incompetence, corruption and perhaps even malevolence that resulted in a situation when mankind's mere survival is in danger due to such trivial items like plastic bags or PET bottles. He does the job, despite it means looking sad, shocked, in disbelief, or utterly disturbed most of the time. His genius sometimes shines through the polluted fog though, e.g. when he swears like a hailstorm because of some marking pegs lost by him during an environmental field project or when he politely (and mischievously) encourages a female security officer to perform a thorough personal search during a facility visit.

The movie revolves around trash that we produce unnecessarily and dump irresponsibly. This is a simple and often abused subject, but the theme re-captures your attention when you learn that a zoologist has to handle sea predator carcasses as hazardous waste due to extremely high toxic levels that accumulated from lower life forms over time -- and this is what happens to us humans as well. Yes, there is a link between plastic bags, PET bottles and dropping fertility rate of young couples. We can literally disappear in 4-5 generations. These messages are mostly well documented and just moderately "populist" -- as much as the education level of the '"average citizen" requires.

Another boon for the movie is that it goes beyond pointing out problems and shows amazingly positive best practices, like San Francisco recycling roughly three quarters of its full waste quantity, generating thousands of jobs, recuperating valuable resources and most importantly, giving hope to us whining "environmentally conscious" geeks that is CAN be done properly and somewhere it IS already done better.

Music has been composed and performed by Vangelis -- another magnificent fellow dinosaur who does not deserve going extinct.

All in all, I would certainly recommend watching this movie, and I thank the authors for making it -- which is the least I should do to someone who made efforts to save our lives.

10 / 10

This movie received a 10 from me, not because it is a perfect documentary but because it intends to save your life.

Yes, the movie seems mildly tedious and dragging at some points. But tell me, when you are in despair, trying to explain your kid the 100th time that it is NOT the best idea to poke the electricity plug hole with metal pins, isn't that tedious ... ? Still you do it. And you deserve the moral appreciation when you do it consequently. For me -- and you don't have to agree, of course -- the overwhelming moral message and values of this movie clearly break even with the small flaws that might otherwise put some critics off.

Jeremy Irons not only narrated and starred this film, but he has been its producer as well. It is obvious from the start that he fully adopted the main "role", i.e. he bites the bullet and doggedly guides us through a maze of ignorance, complacency, cynicism, incompetence, corruption and perhaps even malevolence that resulted in a situation when mankind's mere survival is in danger due to such trivial items like plastic bags or PET bottles. He does the job, despite it means looking sad, shocked, in disbelief, or utterly disturbed most of the time. His genius sometimes shines through the polluted fog though, e.g. when he swears like a hailstorm because of some marking pegs lost by him during an environmental field project or when he politely (and mischievously) encourages a female security officer to perform a thorough personal search during a facility visit.

The movie revolves around trash that we produce unnecessarily and dump irresponsibly. This is a simple and often abused subject, but the theme re-captures your attention when you learn that a zoologist has to handle sea predator carcasses as hazardous waste due to extremely high toxic levels that accumulated from lower life forms over time -- and this is what happens to us humans as well. Yes, there is a link between plastic bags, PET bottles and dropping fertility rate of young couples. We can literally disappear in 4-5 generations. These messages are mostly well documented and just moderately "populist" -- as much as the education level of the '"average citizen" requires.

Another boon for the movie is that it goes beyond pointing out problems and shows amazingly positive best practices, like San Francisco recycling roughly three quarters of its full waste quantity, generating thousands of jobs, recuperating valuable resources and most importantly, giving hope to us whining "environmentally conscious" geeks that is CAN be done properly and somewhere it IS already done better.

Music has been composed and performed by Vangelis -- another magnificent fellow dinosaur who does not deserve going extinct.

All in all, I would certainly recommend watching this movie, and I thank the authors for making it -- which is the least I should do to someone who made efforts to save our lives.