It is hard not to feel anger and bile rising as you watch Wood. Shot like a thriller, with hidden cameras recording the casual greed of Chinese, Romanian, and Austrian logging company managers carelessly talking about the rape and pillage of the natural world, all that is wrong with a world run in the ugly interests of rapacious billionaires is made clear.
Alexander Von Bismarck, the tall and handsome environmental sleuth who is the lynchpin of the film, reveals the detailed and careful plans his organisation lays to capture the truth of a sordid business that is at the heart of a global ecological crisis. From the wilds of the Siberian taiga – in Russia’s Far East region of Khabarovsk, where illegal loggers are cutting away at the forests that are the last habitat for the rare Siberian tiger – to the virgin forests of Romania and lush rain forests of Peru, Wood tracks roots out the truth hidden from consumers.
In its opening sequences, where a pistol-packing Russian forest ranger uncovers a deserted amateur logging camp – just the ashes of a fire and bare limbs of a makeshift shelter to be seen – we follow the trail of lumber to China and a vast processing plant, preparing timber flooring for the US market. Shrink-wrapped …
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