The documentary "Mission Blue" chronicles the life's work of legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle, who served as chief scientist at the
Earle first experienced the ocean at age 12 when she moved with her family to a place near the Gulf of Mexico. At 78, she has logged more than 100 expeditions and 7,000 hours underwater. She held the solo deep-submersible dive record of 3,300 feet (until filmmaker
Cameron, the late filmmaker Mike deGruy and the lime-green bathyscaphe currently seen in the documentary "Deepsea Challenge 3D" have cameos here. Earle and Cameron cite oceanographer Jacques Cousteau as an influence, but these overlaps aside, "Mission Blue" emerges as far more informative and impactful than "Deepsea."
Though "Mission Blue" gets its title from Earle's nonprofit organization, the film rarely comes across as propaganda. Filmmakers
One complaint: The narrative is not told chronologically, and it shuttles haphazardly between biography, science and advocacy. That the home-movie inserts are in fact reenactments also make them seem a bit disingenuous.
MPAA rating: None.
Running time: 1 hour, 34 minutes.