Set in the rural town of Naturia in south western Colorado, Uranium Drive In is about the long running debate between a few different groups about a corporation (Energy Fuels Corporation) wanting to come to this small town to start a uranium mine. A group called the “Sheep Mountain Alliance” lives downstream from the proposed mine and they decide to sue to stop the proposed mine from happening. While Uranium Drive In tries to capture all sides of this political issue, they fall just short of achieving greatness due to a few short falls with their delivery of the message.
From a technical aspect, there are shots in the film that are beautifully constructed and truly captures the western landscape where these people live. There are vibrant colors with some great tricks using the focus. While there are a few interview shots that are not as well constructed and just look odd compared to other shots. Overall the film is great to look at.
The main message of the film is pretty consistent, but there are points in the film where I felt they got a bit off topic with scenes and interviews that could have honestly been cut from the film. The scene with the animal slaughter and skinning of the animal just felt unnecessary and added nothing. Director Suzan Beraza‘s theme of pro-job vs pro environment message comes to its climax when we have a sit-down between Jennifer from “Sheep Mountain Alliance” and Angyel. This was the perfect view of these two different sides bring their opinions to the table. The film does a great job of not asking easy questions, but instead making the audience really think about this complex issue and the fact that there really is no easy answer.
All in all Uranium Drive In is the kind of documentary that truly showcases both sides of an issue without having any bias. They just collect the facts and present them to the audience to decide for themselves. The film asks one of the major questions that are being raised to many rural areas across the nation and doesn’t pretend to have all of the answers. It’s a good film to see for any fan of documentaries.