Release Date : Feb 29, 2008 Limited Genre Movie :Documentary,Special Interest
Mpaa Rating : Unrated
Actors :Willie Nelson,Robert Redford,Ann Richards,Gary Bradley,William Greider,Marshall Kuykendall,Dick Brown,Judah Folkman,Ronnie Perez,Pedro Pérez,Wendell Berry,Henry Brooks
First-time feature filmmaker Laura Dunn transforms an idea suggested to her by legendary director Terrence Malick into a cinematic reality with an ambitious documentary detailing the rise of a West Texas farm boy-turned-wildly successful real-estate mogul, and the landmark environmental movement that his actions inadvertently set into motion. In the late-'70s, the city of Austin, TX, was ripe for change. Recognizing the remarkable potential for both growth and financial profit in such a rapidly expanding boomtown, aspiring real-estate tycoon Gary Bradley set his own American dream into motion by turning a 4,000-acre ranch into the biggest and fastest-selling subdivision in the entire state of Texas. His sizable development would stir controversy in the community, however, when the locals learned that it would likely mean the end of the delicate limestone aquifer and spring-fed swimming that had stood as a local landmark for generations. Determined not to let the precious natural resource run dry at any cost, the concerned citizens decided to do everything in their power to fight the development. In the ensuing battle, one of America's most powerful environmental movements was born. Robert Redford and Willie Nelson appear in a thought-provoking film that weighs the economics of the American dream against the destruction of the natural world in an effort to explore just what price we, and future generations, are willing to pay for the luxuries of modern living. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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New Review For Movie The UnforeseenBy turns rapturously beautiful and unspeakably sad while considering the consequences of unchecked urban sprawl.
Joe Leydon-Houston Chronicle
Even if the director eventually hard-pedals her pantheist imagery into cliché, this inconvenient truth is discreet, intimate and regularly surprising.
Jonathan Crocker-Time Out
Plainspoken yet urgent, it makes the wrist-slashingly depressing topic of real-estate development somehow transcendent.
Mark Holcomb-Time Out New York
No one who sees this intriguing documentary will want to argue with reporter Greider when he forcefully insists, "We need a more mature regard for the future." We do indeed.
Kenneth Turan-Los Angeles Times
[Cinematographer] Daniel has never shot a film for Malick, though you'd hardly guess so, given The Unforeseen's poetic and dreamy shots of nature that, like the images that open the Malick's "The Thin Red Line," hint at an Earthly paradise.
Walter V. Addiego-San Francisco Chronicle
The Unforeseen is a poetic and high-minded meditation on American developers' manifest destiny and the cancer it introduces into the natural world.
David Edelstein-New York Magazine
If The Unforeseen has a fault, it would be a slight lack of focus. A flawed, but beautiful documentary.
Powerful study of a landmark struggle between environmentalists and real estate developer in Austin, Texas in the early 90s. A parable for our exhausted, consumerist society that is choking itself to death.
The result is an expansive and ambivalent testament to human ingenuity, human intransigence, and nature's endangered yet enduring power to move.
Josh Rosenblatt-Austin Chronicle
A thought-provoking documentary that's both informative and strangely poignant--as well as beautifully shot and edited.
Frank Swietek-One Guy's Opinion
Laura Dunn captures the national ecological battle in microcosm...
Sean Axmaker-Seattle Post-Intelligencer
This one purports to be different by including interviews with the evil, rich developers, but the film is very subtly slanted away from them.
Jeffrey M. Anderson-Combustible Celluloid
Helmer [Laura] Dunn, though her heart is on her sleeve, gives an even-handed view of things from both sides.
Robin Clifford-Reeling Reviews
What do Willie Nelson and one of the world's biggest environmental killers have in common? Austin Texas! A very local perspective on the corporate war on the environment
Ron Wilkinson-Monsters and Critics
Though fittingly directed by Laura Dunn, one can't help but feel the presence of producer Terrence Malick.
Rob Humanick-Slant Magazine
[Director Laura] Dunn's elegant, full-length debut presents a frightening and powerful argument against the kind of reckless, profit-driven land development that not only threatens natural resources, but life itself.
Ken Fox-TV Guide's Movie Guide
Calling The Unforeseen a documentary somehow feels crass. It's a work of art.
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