Human Nature Review: A sublime documentary that takes an in-depth look into gene-editing

Siddarth Srinivas -

Human Nature Review: A sublime documentary that takes an in-depth look into gene-editing
Movie Rated

Format: Documentary
Platform: Netflix
Movie Rated: All Ages
Genre: Documentary, Science
Language: English

Digital Premiere Date: 15 May 2020

When Human Nature opens up, we get to see a speech of man in the 1960s, telling us that we would be able to alter human genes someday. It then fast-forwards to the present, where filmmaker Adam Bolt takes a deep dive into the world of how doctors and scientists have approached gene-editing, and have actually started to do more than what we actually know.
What’s the story about?
Human nature basically looks at gene-editing from a broader perspective, talking about CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats), a technology of bacterial defence system that helps to cure diseases, reshaping the environment around us and even designing unborn children. The documentary has interviews from journalists, doctors and scientists combining into one, giving us a very detailed and intricate look into the happenings on that side of the industry.
For easy understanding, Human Nature is divided into six chapters, namely - Needle in a Haystack, CRISPR, The Gene Machine, Brave New World, The Good Gene and Playing God. By using incidents from real-life cases, a lot of science and visuals that make it understandable to the layman (the idea of showing a scene from Jurassic Park is too good), Bolt narrates the incidents leading up to the advancements in technology and what best can be done at this stage of time. Though the documentary’s serious mood offers a lot of knowledge, it may be a little too technical for those who are trying to get just an idea of the scene.
Music and Other Departments
For a documentary that is largely about science, Human Nature has very good visuals and music to accompany the narrative. Keegan DeWitt does a great job indeed.
The fact that the documentary is able to make things understandable to all ages is the best thing about it.
After getting through half of the documentary, a feeling of overloading starts to creep in, and may not sit too well with everybody.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, if you are into documentaries that dig deep into unknown secrets, this would help you. It’s even better because it does its job without being pretentious.


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