A pretty astonishing look at the havoc wreaked by industrialization and mass production. Burtynsky focuses on China and Bangladesh in his quest to find the landscapes most altered by humanity, and photographs places most people would stay well away from. Of special interest to me since China is my current home country and the development of Shanghai is featured toward the end of the film.
Burtynsky and the National Film Board are strong creative Canadian voices in the world. Burtynsky manages to find aesthetic beauty in the horror of manmade landscapes. It was a pick on my last flight! Cons: Not enough people have seen it. Would love to see it aired in prime time.
Few in the West ever think about what it takes to mass produce so cheaply in China. You won't even believe some of these places are real. Very artistic, but could be more informative. Cons: Seeing workers doing the same mechanical motions day in and day out is astonishing (they're SO efficient and fast) but also chilling (they do this 10 hrs./day). One worker sleeps at his workstation.