An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power


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Al Gore cuts an unusually isolated figure in this documentary sequel. For all the dire environmental warnings in Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s serviceable follow-up to Davis Guggenheim’s sharper An Inconvenient Truth (2006), Gore’s lonely crusader is the new film’s most interesting angle. Even as he builds his global movement of activists, the former vice president is now separated from his wife (unmentioned) and a “recovering politician” (his words). He’s on a career tangent that wasn’t in the game plan. When the film focuses on Gore’s personal touch – showing off photos in his large, empty home, for instance – it works as a kind of oblique profile in sacrifice.

Eco-warriors will come to the movie with different priorities, of course. Conditions have worsened in the decade since the first film, and this material is alarming to watch: flooded roads in sunny Miami Beach (virtually underwater), exploding glaciers melting into a gushing mess, cracked desert ground where lushness once prevailed. The elephant in the room, Donald Trump, gets some audio time, confirming his denial of a reality that’s right before our eyes. But too much of the film’s hard science feels blandly presented – there’s got to be a better way to energise people than with graphs.

Gore, however, allows himself to get angrier these days, and the change is palpable. But there’s also a fascinating window into the sensitive world leader he might have become – him suspending his efforts in the wake of the Paris terror attacks with a heartfelt message of solidarity. The serious issue of global warming won’t be minimised by a mediocre doc, but it’s yet to find a filmmaker inflamed with both rage and visual passion.

The bottom line
Not as good as the original, but still shocking.

By Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out Bahrain,

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

  • Duration: 98
  • Released: Thu, 05 Oct
  • Language: English
  • Director: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk
  • Stars: Al Gore, George W. Bush, John Kerry

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