From executive producer Michael Moore, writer-director Jeff Gibbs’ film Planet of the Humans investigates the shady business of clean energy, and the overall obstacles humanity faces with finding a sustainable alternative for fossil fuels. The world is doomed, and we are all going to die, so what’s the damned point? At least that’s what I got out of this viewing experience anyway. The film presents no potential solutions and no semblance of hope.
“…investigates the shady business of clean energy…”
It aims to point out the billionaires and other evildoers that are pulling the proverbial wool over all of our collective eyes with the disguise of clean energy and green practices for profit. I have a hard time enjoying movies where their sole purpose is to outrage its audience. Sure, outraging your audience into caring about something, or taking up a cause is one thing, but Planet of the Humans just makes you feel lethargic, livid, and audaciously depressed. With everything going on these days, that feeling of rage and abject hopelessness is not something people want to be confronted with currently.
The film begins with a question posited to various random people on the streets: how long do humans have? Centuries? Decades? Years? Months? According to filmmaker Jeff Gibbs, the outlook isn’t so good. From there, a plethora of topics gets covered. It’s frightening how much we’re being lied to by people pushing their green agendas. We’re shown that the companies preaching a clean energy narrative are nowhere near what they’re advertising. The film really targets former Vice President Al Gore, who is often depicted as an environmentalist hero and prophet. Gore is taken to task over how his business dealings insidiously conflict with his “save the planet” dog and pony show.
"…the world is doomed, and we are all going to die..."