June 08, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Last Mountain

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
95 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/03/11
director
Bill Haney
distributor
Dada Films
author
Bill Haney
genre
Documentary
We gave it a B-

Bill Haney’s convincingly angry activist doc bears witness to the despair of the residents of West Virginia’s Coal River valley, where the Massey Energy Company’s controversial mining technique of choice — mountaintop removal — has resulted in shocking environmental and health catastrophes. The protests and lawsuits organized by lifelong locals are inspiring. But the movie’s power is undercut by the overemphasized presence of celebrity traveling environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., whom Haney follows everywhere as Kennedy listens intently to the vox populi. B?

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