“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 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 fashion feels fussy and belabored — as if the tip of the world weren’t dramatic sufficient. It’s arduous 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 a spread of credible speaking heads to clarify 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 world warming. To intensify the seriousness of the scenario, these consultants lean arduous on metaphors — we hear rather a lot about falling dominoes, tipping factors, hazard zones, runaway trains, open home windows, the edges of cash and, most whimsically, “planetary friends and planetary foes.”
The film visualizes these metaphors tritely, as an illustration 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 seems like a industrial for pain-relief remedy and to which the movie returns consistently, to laughable impact. “Breaking Boundaries” might have fascinating — even crucial — info to convey concerning the future of our species and the destiny of the planet. But the shape is so insane that the message is almost misplaced within the muddle.
Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet
Not rated. Running time: 1 hour 13 minutes. Watch on Netflix.