You’d like to think that after 2009’s heartbreaking documentary The Cove, about the illegal slaughter and sale of dolphins, the black market for protected animals would be closed forever. But as Louie Psihoyos’ latest achievement reveals, it is still alive and thriving. Racing Extinction follows Psihoyos and his team as they yet again perform a number of undercover sting operations on the markets, making national news along the way, and further opening our eyes to the cruel methods of hunting still afflicting our oceanic wildlife. But the film doesn’t stop there; it also investigates a number of imminent threats to all living species on Earth, including our civilization’s lingering dependence of fossil fuels, commented on by Telsa founder Elon Musk. Once again Psihoyos does a tremendous job showcasing humanity at its worst, but also at its best. Including mesmerizing footage of the incredible animal species that still exist, for now, and lifted by a hauntingly beautiful score from composer J. Ralph, Racing Extinction makes it clear that there’s still time to turn this ship around.
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