"e2: Intervention Architecture" More Exciting Than It Sounds Review

Leave it to PBS to come up with the most un-enticing DVD cover this writer has seen in a long time. Looking every a bit a screensaver, the documentary "e2: Intervention Architecture," narrated by career narrator and occasional actor Brad Pitt, is surprisingly compelling and even thought-provoking. In examining the winners of the Aga Khan Award, the doc examines what makes them worthy of such praise and how their engineering is uniquely thought-out to meet the demands of the particular society and culture.

We see the restoration of something called a hypercentre (an admittedly brief Google search failed to deduce whether the term refers to city center exclusively), a school located on a bridge joining two villages, a textile factory, a museum, and a wetlands project. The standard parade of experts lets us know the where-and-whys while time is devoted to showing off the projects, hardly your average apartment complex.

Mr. Pitt helps guide us through the doc, which comes in at a very brief 60 minutes. It's skilled filmmaking and even if the subject matter won't set the world on fire, it's worth recommending. There's little that can dissuade someone from watching this doc, outside of a genuine lack of interest in the subject. Even so, if you come across it, it's an hour of your time and hey, you might learn something new.

DVD Bonus Features

Nothing of the sort.

"e2: Intervention Architecture" is on sale August 28, 2012 and is not rated. Documentary. Directed by Tad Fettig. Starring Brad Pitt.

Mark Zhuravsky • Staff Writer

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