I’m not so sure I’ve picked the best week to watch Into Eternity.

With the recent Fukishima disaster still fresh in the memory and the fact I am currently, staying just a few miles away from one of the UK’s major nuclear power stations (Dungeness), I now feel more aware of the pitfalls of the nuclear industry than ever before.

Of course, I’m no scientist, so I know no more on the matter than I usually do. But it is there, undetectable, unwelcome, but unfortunately necessary.

Into Eternity is ultimately a warning. Telling the story of the Onkalo, an underground nuclear waste repository the film goes onto explain that the industry creates vast amounts of waste and that these current interim solutions are vulnerable to natural disasters, man-made disasters and human intervention.

Onkalo, a 500 metre deep nuclear waste repository located in Finland, seems like the ideal solution. A major human undertaking that once complete, must be sealed for at least 100,000 years.

Addressing the obvious question – how do you ensure this facility is never breached? – various scientists are interviewed, all revealing a conflicting opinion. Some believing that markers should be put in place warning the future about the dangers below the ground. Others believe it should be completely forgotten as having a marker there could be mistaken for something else – a religious tomb or treasure.

Throughout the film, there is footage of the engineers working within the tunnel that will lead down to the facility. With the long tracking shots in the darkness bringing a claustrophobic sense of creepiness and foreboding to the film.

It is a thought provoking piece and told expertly by the commentary and the interviews.

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Colin lives in south west London. Looks like a hobbit and has been watching films ever since he saw Return of the Jedi at the age of 3. You can follow Colin on Twitter @obicolkenobi.