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Film Review: Trading on Thin Air (2010)

Aug 09 2011 by Brendan Shick Add Your Thoughts

Poster for Trading On Thin Air (2010)A few days ago, I continued my adventure through my currently overstuffed Hulu queue, and added Trading on Thin Air (2010) to my ‘documentary films to review’ list.

After my exploration of the American debt mindset in the last film review, I figured this would be a good followup (my Hulu queue is usually so long that I can watch two films on any given subject back-to-back, as was the case here). You can view the trailer or buy a copy from

This documentary explores the realm of trading carbon emissions credits and what that means both in terms of the economy and for the environmentalist.

The film is fairly biased in its claims that this trading is not good for either cause. Furthermore, the interview subjects don’t seem all that credible, despite the fact that they do bring up some interesting points. The dramatized sections suffer from cheesy acting.

This film doesn’t flow as well as In Debt We Trust (2010) for a variety of reasons, mainly resulting from the editing and the way the arguments flow together.

Although biased overall, this film does make some valid points and is a decent watch for anyone looking to learn how this segment of the economy works. Just take some of the points with a grain of salt.

3/10 Stars

Brendan Shick

Brendan Shick is a freelance DP, gaffer, and sports broadcaster serving primarily the Chicago, IL; Pittsburgh, PA; Grand Rapids, MI; and Fort Wayne, IN, regions. You can find out more by following this blog, his recent work on Vimeo, or by connecting with him on Twitter or LinkedIn. Brendan is also an occasional contributor to the Project Updates feed for one of his most recent films, To Turn Back Time.

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