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'2012: Time for Change': Documentary explores New Age theories
"2012: Time For Change" is a thought-provoking, once-over-lightly examination of New Age theories. by John Hartl, published on Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 3:02 PM
Sting identifies himself as a tree hugger, and describes the psychedelic jungle experience that turned him into one.
David Lynch claims to have lost his anger as a result of years of daily doses of transcendental meditation.
Ellen Page, star of "Juno," describes coming down from a sudden rise to fame by shoveling goat manure. And loving it.
Celebrity testimonies count for quite a bit in the New Age documentary "2012: Time For Change," but the person with the most screen time is Daniel Pinchbeck, author of "2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl." He's a kind of guide through an 85-minute discussion that touches on string theory, apocalyptic prophecies, cultural shifts and the long-term impact of 1960s protest movements.
It concludes that the planet, running low on water and other essentials, is headed for a crucial time of transformation. But it's not all bad news.
The movie begins at the beginning, with an animated version of a creation myth that includes references to a great storm and a great flood. Evolution is covered in a bone-throwing episode lifted from "2001: A Space Odyssey," and there are hopeful references to Joseph Campbell and Buckminster Fuller (who appears in archival clips).
Like some IMAX documentaries, the picture tries to jam too much information into too little screen time. There's so little breathing room that an episode about worldwide attention focused on O.J. Simpson may leave you scratching your head. (A dubious murder trial will bring us together?)
At its best, it's a thought-provoking examination of some of the same issues explored in "Avatar," "Crude" and Hollywood's bigger-budget 2009 disaster epic, "2012." According to the distributor, all screenings will include panel discussions with members of the film team.