Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 87%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 77%
IMDb Rating 7.6 10 643

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July 31, 2022 at 07:39 PM


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Jeremy Irons as Self
857.49 MB
English 2.0
25 fps
1 hr 33 min
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Reviewed by csongor-hajna 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.

Reviewed by sophie-brookes 9 / 10

A compelling documentary on waste

An eye opening and grimly compelling documentary on waste with an inspired choice of guide in Jeremy Irons. This film will make you seriously consider your lifestyle and dietary choice by radically changing your attitude to waste. The film fully documents the alternatives to landfill and incineration, as well as shocking you into wondering why the alternatives haven't been fully explored or implemented. The films contains a great deal of information and statistics, making it very educational and informative and a film everyone should watch. I sincerely recommend Trashed-it's a real eye-opener! If you think you're protected by environmental legislation, think again...

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 9 / 10

A long way from trash

Have always loved documentaries, whether film or television, especially nature/wildlife ones where David Attenborough has always reigned king in. But 'Trashed's' subject, dealing with issues with waste and how to solve them, really intrigued me as it is a subject that today is important and relevant, even more so today than it was when it was first made and released. Also like very much Jeremy Irons as an actor, possessor of one of the most immediately recognisable and can-listen-to-all-day voices for any actor or even anybody.

'Trashed' is a long way from trash. Actually found it to be extremely good and that it treated an important and relevant subject with both force and tact, one of those instances of an environment-oriented documentary being completely riveting and leaving a big impression on me. Even if it didn't do much for me or wasn't my thing, there still would have been real appreciation for trying to address an issue that needs to be addressed and has needed to for a long time now and would also have admired it for its good intentions (which were apparent throughout).

Maybe a little bit more focus could have been put upon some of the solutions to the problems, but there is really not an awful lot to criticise with 'Trashed'.

Visually, 'Trashed' looks great with some really arresting images on display. There is nothing cheap about how it's shot and the scenery is striking while also unforgiving. Vangelis' haunting music adds a lot too, a perfect fit and fine music in its own right, and would not have said no to more of it.

Really admired that 'Trashed' avoided the potential problems that anything dealing with subjects like waste (same with the likes of pollution) face and have fallen into. One of the biggest potential problems would always have been preachiness, 'Trashed' makes a lot of points, while taking time to explore them fully rather than glossing over and reading like a cliff-notes list, and makes them with a lot of hard-hitting impact and really makes one contemplate long and hard after and feeling about acting upon what was learnt. Found myself very affected by the Vietnam orphanage parts. It does this though while approaching it with enough sensitivity to stop it from being heavy-handed, didn't feel talked down to at any point. It is also not speculative, the information is fully backed up and very well researched making for one educational and informative experience.

Irons is a big part of why 'Trashed' works. He has the perfect voice and delivery and comes over as immensely engaging, compassionate and sometimes amusing, could also really tell that he felt a lot of passion for the subject and knew what he was talking about. Have always admired how intelligent and passionate Irons comes over in his views and find what he says interesting and worth pondering on (regardless of what the personal stance is), and it is a shame that some of his views have in the past been taken out of context or twisted by dubious media sources that has caused some online vilification. Just for the record, he was right on the money in everything he said in 'Trashed' from personal opinion.

Summarising, extremely good. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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