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Pandora's Promise

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Robert Stone

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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. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Jun 11, 2013

Fresh: Robert Stone's documentary contends that the only feasible answer is nuclear power. – Mark Feeney, Boston Globe, Jun 13, 2013

Fresh: Intelligent, possibly important, definitely counterintuitive -- but needs more reporting and context. – Verne Gay, Newsday, Nov 6, 2013

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. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Jun 14, 2013

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Customer Reviews

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.

Pandora's Promise

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."

Convincing argument for nuclear energy

The movie is full of shocking and surprising facts. Informative and entertaining. Makes your re-think nuclear.

Pandora's Promise
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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