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With: Gary Bradley, William Greider, Willie Nelson, Robert Redford, Ann Richards, Dick Brown, Wendell Berry, Judah Folkman
Written by: n/a
Directed by: Laura Dunn
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93
Date: 01/01/2007

The Unforeseen (2008)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Laura Dunn's new documentary is yet another environmental commentary that the right people are never going to see. This one purports to be different by including interviews with the evil, rich developers, but the film is very subtly slanted away from them. (One developer never shows his face, and instead we see him building model planes with tiny, plastic bombs.) Dunn tells the story of Barton Springs in Austin, TX, where Robert Redford learned to swim as a child. Developers wish to build on this land, which will inevitably cause waste to spill into the clear, natural spring. Over many years, the locals attempt to fight it, while the developers moan over their loss of profits and the constantly changing rules. Dunn relies on the usual talking heads, news footage as well as pretty underwater pictures, and Redford (who co-produced along with director Terrence Malick) participates in a good deal of screen time. (Viewed as part of the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival.)

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