2017 | Documentary | 93 minutes | English
Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem. However with carbon emissions warming the seas, the breathtakingly beautiful coral reefs are slowing dying. As the coral loses its colors and turns white (referred to as “coral bleaching”) it dies and will eventually disappear. Chasing Coral has gathered a group of passionate diving nerds, cinematographers, and marine biologists, to vividly capture a tragic outcome of global warming that is not known by many of us.
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- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
- Metacritic Score: 86
- Sundance Film Festival: Winner, Audience Award, Documentary Film
Boulder International Film Festival: Winner, Best Feature Documentary
The film received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes Score
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With breathtaking footage and sophisticated underwater technology, the documentary awakens a childlike sense of adventure in the viewer. By film’s end, you’ll see corals not only as underwater life forms but as dreamy endangered neighborhoods inhabited by unspeakably beautiful Nemos and Dorys.
It must be noted that, from its first moments on, CHASING CORAL is simply staggering visually. The viewer’s eye is enraptured by the world the camera beholds, and it’s easy to imagine how pleasurable a feature-length tour of such sights might be. But there is trouble down below and the film heads directly for it.
Imagine witnessing the untimely death of a vibrant, otherworldly being. As it succumbs to an invisible menace, this entity’s colors (brilliant shades of amber, magenta, chartreuse) turn fluorescent blue and purple and green before fading to bright white. As it decays, wisps of sludge drip from the skeletal remains. The film is particularly compelling when following Zack Rago, a self-proclaimed coral nerd whose love is palpable and infectious. The work takes a toll on his spirits, never more so than when after weeks of dives, he encounters what has essentially become a grave site, barely resembling what was once a fertile haven.
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