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About the Movie
Impact Partners, in association with Vulcan Productions and CNN Films, presents PANDORA’S PROMISE, the groundbreaking new film by Academy- Award®-nominated director Robert Stone. The atomic bomb and meltdowns like Fukushima have made nuclear power synonymous with global disaster. But what if we’ve got nuclear power wrong? An audience favorite at the Sundance Film Festival, PANDORA’S PROMISE asks whether the one technology we fear most could save our planet from a climate catastrophe, while providing the energy needed to lift billions of people in the developing world out of poverty. In his controversial new film, Stone tells the intensely personal stories of environmentalists and energy experts who have undergone a radical conversion from being fiercely anti to strongly pro-nuclear energy, risking their careers and reputations in the process. Stone exposes this controversy within the environmental movement head-on with stories of defection by heavy weights including Stewart Brand, Richard Rhodes, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas and Michael Shellenberger. Undaunted and fearlessly independent, PANDORA’S PROMISE is a landmark work that is forever changing the conversation about the myths and science behind this deeply emotional and polarizing issue.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 36
- Fresh: 23
- Rotten: 13
- Average Rating: 5.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: You need to make an argument. A parade of like-minded nuclear-power advocates who assure us that everything will be all right just doesn't cut it.
Fresh: Robert Stone's documentary contends that the only feasible answer is nuclear power.
Fresh: Intelligent, possibly important, definitely counterintuitive -- but needs more reporting and context.
Fresh: In the end, its somewhat equivocal message - that nuclear power might just be the lesser of several evils - is more convincing than you'd think.
Message of Pandora's Promise
Powerful use of imagery to convey a powerful message. The people he chose to show in the movie didn't change their values. They changed their understanding. Robert Stone made nuclear energy emotionally accessible.
You owe it to yourself to see what these folks have to say. Especially if you consider yourself a liberal. As George Bernard Shaw famously said about Liberalism:
"The essence of the Liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held, but in how they are held: instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment."
Pandora’s Promise should be required viewing for everyone. Too many people confuse nuclear bombs with nuclear power- it’s like thinking we shouldn’t use fire to cook food because fire can burn down the house. Nuclear energy and other sustainable sources must be considered if we want to save our grandchildren from disaster. The films itself is very well presented, and supported scientifically all the way. You’ll be amazed at what you didn’t know.