Michael Cusack O’Connell’s documentary with the self-explanatory title Mountaintop Removal (2007) is a slickly produced affair on an important topic that admirably covers the issue of this form of coal mining from both sides (with a decided slant toward the anti-mining standpoint). The problem is that it’s difficult to say that the film really brings anything new to the table. It’s pretty much of a piece with anything else you may have seen on the topic. That said, the topic itself hasn’t just gone away and still deserves attention. Moreover, O’Connell’s film provides an eye-opening look for anyone still unfamiliar with mountaintop removal—and that probably accounts for a surprising number of people.
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