Stars: Miranda Richardson / Daniel Braga / Hannelore Elsner /
Release Date: 2009-10-01
Production Companies: Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Allegro-Film, Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF),
Director: Nick Stringer,
Turtle: The Incredible Journey Summary
TURTLE: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY is the story of a little loggerhead turtle, as she follows in the path of her ancestors on one of the most extraordinary journeys in the natural world. Born on a beach in Florida, she rides the Gulf Stream up towards the Arctic and ultimately swims around the entire North Atlantic across to Africa and back to the beach where she was born. But the odds are stacked against her; just one in ten thousand turtles survive the journey. She faces many hazards, her siblings are lost in the doldrums of the Sargasso Sea, she comes face to face with creatures of the deep and nearly dies at the hands of fishermen. She travels up north but she drifts from her life current, the Gulf Stream, into dangerously cold waters.
A solitary long-distance traveler with prehistoric cachet, the loggerhead turtle makes a compelling subject for a nature film, as the spectacularly shot, aptly named Turtle: The Incredible Journey demonstrates, if at times too feverishly.
A smartly shot sea documentary delivers its ecological message but does suffer from an overly dramatic narration.
Nick Stringer's documentary about the 25-year migratory cycle of loggerhead turtles has some remarkable underwater footage.
Without a disclaimer that explains what's real and not, how can viewers, including those who may already be skeptical about claims of environmental crises, trust that the whole thing hasn't been made up?