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  • Summary: Elemental follows three outsiders who are obsessed by nature and driven by a deep desire to change the status quo. Rajendra Singh, an Indian government official gone rogue, mounts a national crusade to save the Ganges River. Activist Eriel Deranger leads a David and Goliath fight against the oil giants who are destroying her homeland in the Canadian Tar Sands. Australian inventor, Jay Harman, is attempting to halve the world's energy consumption by mimicking natural systems. Separated by continents, each character is part of a global story about water and climate change that goes beyond the issues to reveal the public triumphs and emotional scars of life on the front line. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Jun 27, 2013
    70
    While written epilogues provide upbeat updates on the subjects’ endeavors, the overall impression is one of a draining uphill struggle for relatively little personal reward given the enormous stakes involved in the planet’s continued ecological destruction.
  2. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    May 14, 2013
    70
    Elemental isn't essential, but it's a fascinating if limited portrait of the diversity of eco-warriordom today.
  3. Reviewed by: Drew Hunt
    May 13, 2013
    63
    More than some run-of-the-mill social-awareness doc, the film pays as much attention to the personal and emotional strife of its subjects as it does to their activism.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jun 27, 2013
    63
    Elemental speaks to the importance of protecting the natural elements: water, air, earth. It’s a beautifully filmed piece, even when it’s showing us white clouds of pollutants billowing out of a smokestack.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    May 16, 2013
    60
    The filmmakers behind Elemental might have done better to commit to a single portrait and been more fearless about avoiding familiar oratory, but small steps are progress too.