Thursday, May 6, 2010
Fix discovers a process developed by Halliburton known as hydraulic fracturing or "fracking," the companies pump 247+ toxic chemicals into the ground to extract the gas and wasted millions of gallons of water. The results are disturbing, as nearby residents become chronically ill, farm animals and pets lose their fur, and tap water becomes combustible and undrinkable.
The story is so compelling that it saves the film from Fox's own weak filmmaking. He makes every mistake in the book - out of focus or on auto-focus (resulting in focus changes during static shots); dirty lens; often over-exposed or under-exposed; shaky camerawork; constant zooming in and out, and so forth. I'd recommend sitting further back to minimize the effects of the poor visuals.
In spite of this, Gasland is a story that everyone needs to see, especially in our age of corporate irresponsibility and environmental destruction. It won the Special Jury Prize for Documentary at 2010 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.