The Unforeseen
The Unforeseen (2008)

In the 1980s, an ambitious real estate developer came to Austin, Tex., with a dream--to transform miles of pristine wilderness into a sprawling self-sufficient city. When the development threatened a local treasure, a fragile limestone… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 29, 2008
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A calm documentary that doesn't resort to shrill polemics, The Unforeseen also benefits from great interview subjects and jaw-dropping cinematography.

Joe Leydon
Houston Chronicle

By turns rapturously beautiful and unspeakably sad while considering the consequences of unchecked urban sprawl.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

[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.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

It's a beautiful film. . .Go and see it.

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Jonathan Crocker
Time Out

Even if the director eventually hard-pedals her pantheist imagery into cliché, this inconvenient truth is discreet, intimate and regularly surprising.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

The Unforeseen is a poetic and high-minded meditation on American developers' manifest destiny and the cancer it introduces into the natural world.

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Craig Phillips

If The Unforeseen has a fault, it would be a slight lack of focus. A flawed, but beautiful documentary.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

As frustrating as it is welcome.

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Louis Proyect

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.

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