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Review: An Inconvenient Sequel (Sundance)

An Inconvenient Sequel (Sundance)
01.20.2017
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PLOT: Ten years after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, Al Gore continues to fight climate change in the face of numerous political setbacks.

REVIEW: Part of the power of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH was the simplicity of the film, with Al Gore simply presenting the facts via his famous slide-show. Nothing else was really needed. He gave you the stats, scared the crap out of you, and urged the audience to get involved. Ten years later, the battle against climate change goes on, but as this follow-up shows, each victory is met with another defeat, making this as vital a topic as ever.

Yet, AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL is unlikely to make as big of an impact as the first movie did. Davis Guggenheim’s film was designed to provoke thought among those who had never really thought of climate change. By contrast, the sequel, from Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk preaches to the choir, and is unlikely to crossover to non-believers. If anything, this seems timed with Trump’s inauguration, serving as a big-screen piece of encouragement to Gore’s followers, as suggested by the subtitle, TRUTH TO POWER. Here, Gore is seen globe-trotting, visiting the site of natural disasters and facing his critics, but the real gist is that people still aren’t convinced despite all the evidence, and the only way to win this battle is to take each defeat as just another step towards an inevitable victory.

The most gripping parts of AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL are brief, where Gore is shown facing his critics, most of whom hail from the big money tied up in fossil fuels. Early on, Gore is shown at a senate meeting where his treatment is ludicrous, almost reminiscent of the McCarthy-era “Red Scare” meetings. Later, a scare scenario from the first film, which theorized NYC’s “Ground Zero” monument could one day be flooded is shown to be true.

Through it all, Gore stays upbeat, with him happily going on about the victories they’ve had with Obama in office, climaxing with the Paris Agreement, although we all know by now that this victory had an unhappy climax last November, upon the election of Trump. While certainly Trump is portrayed as a climate change denier, he’s not presented as a boogie-man either, with Gore attempting to stay bipartisan throughout, even presenting one of his biggest allies as a Trump voting conservative republican mayor from Texas.

Gore himself is the movie’s ace up its sleeve. At his best a thoroughly charismatic speaker (who wonders why he wasn’t as sophisticated and affable during his political days), Gore is presented as a near superman. For the most part, this seems apt given his efforts although early scenes showing him hanging out with his dog in the office or being on a first name basis with his assistants seem to be a misguided effort to present him as folksy and down-to-earth. We don’t need our heroes down-to-earth.

If you happen to think this is all a hoax and you weren’t convinced by AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, there’s not much here to change your mind. But, if the fight to save the planet from the horrible damage we’ve done to it is something you’re invested in, this is the pat on the back/word of encouragement maybe you need in light of current events. It preaches to the choir, but that choir, hopefully, is getting bigger and bigger.

Source: JoBlo.com

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5:05PM on 01/21/2017
Does he show himself using armed guards to block media wishing to give him the hard questions or refuse entry to media full stop who wish to do so? Does he mention the amount of research done by centres like Cern that don't agree with his view or any other numerous scientists who disagree? Does he mention the millions of people who have already died due to fraudulent UN/IPCC policy on 'climate change' in the developing world where money is funnelled into 'research' and 'technology' to defeat a
Does he show himself using armed guards to block media wishing to give him the hard questions or refuse entry to media full stop who wish to do so? Does he mention the amount of research done by centres like Cern that don't agree with his view or any other numerous scientists who disagree? Does he mention the millions of people who have already died due to fraudulent UN/IPCC policy on 'climate change' in the developing world where money is funnelled into 'research' and 'technology' to defeat a phantom?
It's time this liar was impeached, maybe this is the Presidential administration to do so...
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10:05AM on 01/21/2017
The research pointing to the huge dangers of climate change caused by man is remarkably less convincing than the research out there showing that there's not much that indicates we cause it in any significant fashion. I'm not a scientist, so what do I know? However, why is it that CNN is moving its headquarters from Atlanta to Manhattan? CNN does not act as if they believe in the the dangers of climate change and that NYC will be under water within the next few decades.
The research pointing to the huge dangers of climate change caused by man is remarkably less convincing than the research out there showing that there's not much that indicates we cause it in any significant fashion. I'm not a scientist, so what do I know? However, why is it that CNN is moving its headquarters from Atlanta to Manhattan? CNN does not act as if they believe in the the dangers of climate change and that NYC will be under water within the next few decades.
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10:52PM on 01/20/2017
"the subtitle, TRUTH TO POWER. Here, Gore is seen globe-trotting, visiting the site of natural disasters and facing his critics". Does no one else see the irony here?

Also, I would love to hear gore explain how we had ten years left to save the planet last time around. The Planet is still here, yet it somehow remains unsaved enough to warrent a sequel.
"the subtitle, TRUTH TO POWER. Here, Gore is seen globe-trotting, visiting the site of natural disasters and facing his critics". Does no one else see the irony here?

Also, I would love to hear gore explain how we had ten years left to save the planet last time around. The Planet is still here, yet it somehow remains unsaved enough to warrent a sequel.
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4:04AM on 01/21/2017
He never said we had "ten years to save the planet". Truth is, at the rate we are continuing to dump co2 into the atmosphere we are already screwed.
He never said we had "ten years to save the planet". Truth is, at the rate we are continuing to dump co2 into the atmosphere we are already screwed.
5:09PM on 01/21/2017
Actually we can look back in earlier periods of the planet where plants, animals and insects thrived beyond imagination and where co2 was 10x the current levels. Co2 creates and sustains life. Remove it and we all die.
Actually we can look back in earlier periods of the planet where plants, animals and insects thrived beyond imagination and where co2 was 10x the current levels. Co2 creates and sustains life. Remove it and we all die.
10:32PM on 01/21/2017
Of course he did.

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Of course he did.

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6:16PM on 01/20/2017

He'd probably have a bit more credibility....

If he hadn't lied so much in the first film (remember NY being 40' underwater and the fake icebergs they filmed?) or profited to the tune of $100 million from his preaching on the issue.

Chris, when you talk about "the damage we've done to the planet," would you be referring to the trace gas CO2 that is .03% of our atmosphere (and has increased from 300ppm to 400ppm in the last couple of hundred years)? If you'd like to protest against pollution, I'm all for it. If you want to claim that
If he hadn't lied so much in the first film (remember NY being 40' underwater and the fake icebergs they filmed?) or profited to the tune of $100 million from his preaching on the issue.

Chris, when you talk about "the damage we've done to the planet," would you be referring to the trace gas CO2 that is .03% of our atmosphere (and has increased from 300ppm to 400ppm in the last couple of hundred years)? If you'd like to protest against pollution, I'm all for it. If you want to claim that the computer models (there still isn't a single scientific paper that shows proof of a connection between man-made CO2 and AGW) are so frightening that we need to all stop using electricity or gasoline, then by all means, shut down the web site and show us how serious you are on the issue. Then convince Al to sell a couple of his mansions while you're at it.
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9:25PM on 01/20/2017
We all know that CO2 is a green house gas and that the presence of CO2 in the air makes the air warmer. The same is true of methane and (to some extent) cloro-fluoro-carbons. That isn't even a matter of debate: it is just a matter of knowing the light absorption properties of these compounds. On top of that, you have the fact that coal and gasoline are non-renewable: when you use up all the coal and gasoline you don't have any more so you are going to have to use alternative energy sources
We all know that CO2 is a green house gas and that the presence of CO2 in the air makes the air warmer. The same is true of methane and (to some extent) cloro-fluoro-carbons. That isn't even a matter of debate: it is just a matter of knowing the light absorption properties of these compounds. On top of that, you have the fact that coal and gasoline are non-renewable: when you use up all the coal and gasoline you don't have any more so you are going to have to use alternative energy sources anyway. Duh. The only people denying climate change are people in the oil and coal industries and those who are simply uneducated and naive.
5:12PM on 01/21/2017
I'm with you Des1, you're spot on so there must be an awful lot of 'naive and dumb' people out there!
I'm with you Des1, you're spot on so there must be an awful lot of 'naive and dumb' people out there!
5:57PM on 01/20/2017

I took his training workshop in Chicago

I was at the 3-day workshop where they train Climate Leaders to give his presentation. It was inspiring to hear how much he knows about this, and how passionate he is to keep fighting the fight, even after decades of getting crapped on. It was a lot to take in, and I haven't followed up to learn the material enough to give presentations. But I'm glad people are doing it. Though, when Hamas launched the war against Israel a couple of year ago, I happened to be on my first trip to Israel. When I
I was at the 3-day workshop where they train Climate Leaders to give his presentation. It was inspiring to hear how much he knows about this, and how passionate he is to keep fighting the fight, even after decades of getting crapped on. It was a lot to take in, and I haven't followed up to learn the material enough to give presentations. But I'm glad people are doing it. Though, when Hamas launched the war against Israel a couple of year ago, I happened to be on my first trip to Israel. When I got back and posted about my experience, dozens of anti-Semites on my Facebook started attacking me, calling me a dirty Jew with blood on my hands. And they were all my fellow Climate Leaders from that workshop. They wrote to the Al Gore's organization, trying to get me banned from the group, and I had to block them on Facebook. It confuses and saddens me that so much of the environmental movement consists of racists who love to attack the only country in the Middle East that actually works to help the environment. Similarly, I've run for office with the Green Party of Ontario and Green Party of Canada, but I've had to stop associating with them because the Party is now more interested in boycotting and destroying Israel than in helping the planet. But anyway, I'm glad Al isn't giving up. If anyone's interested, I have a comedic rap song called "An Inconvenient Proposal: Love Song for Laurie David" on my joshrachlis YouTube channel. And you can follow Josh Rachlis on Facebook to keep up with my eco adventures.
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8:16PM on 01/20/2017
I'm not speaking against what you're saying but remember Judaism isn't a race, it's only a religion therefore these people are not being racist for criticizing a country's politics and actions (even though some of them might actually be anti-Semite this has nothing to do with hating someone for their skin colour). Not wanting to start a debate here, just pointing out a detail in your speech.
I'm not speaking against what you're saying but remember Judaism isn't a race, it's only a religion therefore these people are not being racist for criticizing a country's politics and actions (even though some of them might actually be anti-Semite this has nothing to do with hating someone for their skin colour). Not wanting to start a debate here, just pointing out a detail in your speech.
10:49PM on 01/20/2017
They have as much of a shared cultural identity as, say the black community does, hatred directed at someone for being Jewish is not any differnet.
They have as much of a shared cultural identity as, say the black community does, hatred directed at someone for being Jewish is not any differnet.
10:54PM on 01/20/2017
Yes but criticizing Israel is not like hating the Jewish family next door. I personally dislike religions but have nothing but respect for my Muslim neighbour.
Yes but criticizing Israel is not like hating the Jewish family next door. I personally dislike religions but have nothing but respect for my Muslim neighbour.
5:16PM on 01/21/2017
Josh, I'm not here to attack or criticise your belief but if you have not I recommend you go and truly listen to a lecture from Christopher Monckton. The man Gore still refuses to debate head to head to which I believe he should if he is convicted to his belief. Just a suggestion.
Josh, I'm not here to attack or criticise your belief but if you have not I recommend you go and truly listen to a lecture from Christopher Monckton. The man Gore still refuses to debate head to head to which I believe he should if he is convicted to his belief. Just a suggestion.
5:25PM on 01/20/2017
This idiot won't go away, will he?...And governments everywhere are helping make global warming worse because they want to. They want to make things worse so citizens have to depend on government to fix the "problems". They want citizens to have to rely on the government to fix everything. They want more power and control.
This idiot won't go away, will he?...And governments everywhere are helping make global warming worse because they want to. They want to make things worse so citizens have to depend on government to fix the "problems". They want citizens to have to rely on the government to fix everything. They want more power and control.
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5:27PM on 01/20/2017
How much Fox News have you been watching?
How much Fox News have you been watching?
6:24PM on 01/20/2017
I don't watch any Fox News.
I don't watch any Fox News.
7:37PM on 01/20/2017
Why do Liberals always insist on accusing people of watching Fox? It has about 2 million viewers in a country of 330 million. I would never get my scientific information from ANY TV news show (including the major networks). All have a bias and it's insane to trust their facts on issues as complex as AGW. I get my information from climate web sites and fact-based studies of the issue on other sites (no opinion blogs).

It's interesting that any time someone disagrees with a Liberal about
Why do Liberals always insist on accusing people of watching Fox? It has about 2 million viewers in a country of 330 million. I would never get my scientific information from ANY TV news show (including the major networks). All have a bias and it's insane to trust their facts on issues as complex as AGW. I get my information from climate web sites and fact-based studies of the issue on other sites (no opinion blogs).

It's interesting that any time someone disagrees with a Liberal about facts, the first response is always to attack that person as being less informed. After about a decade of arguing this issue, in almost every instance I find the opposite to be true.
8:01PM on 01/20/2017
Thanks for proving my point, Des1. Since when are facts debatable?
Thanks for proving my point, Des1. Since when are facts debatable?
8:16PM on 01/20/2017
Facts aren't debatable? Then how are new ideas ever created, you dingbat. And these aren't facts. Never heard of Climategate? Thank God Obama is gone so we can actually have science without politics.
Facts aren't debatable? Then how are new ideas ever created, you dingbat. And these aren't facts. Never heard of Climategate? Thank God Obama is gone so we can actually have science without politics.
8:30PM on 01/20/2017
He's been watching too much X-Files that's for sure. Everytime I hear this conspiracy theory I'm amazed by that lack of logic behind it... Why would a government making billions out of oil every year try to discourage its people from buying more?! That would be like McDonald's campaigning against fast food to fight obesity...
He's been watching too much X-Files that's for sure. Everytime I hear this conspiracy theory I'm amazed by that lack of logic behind it... Why would a government making billions out of oil every year try to discourage its people from buying more?! That would be like McDonald's campaigning against fast food to fight obesity...
10:47PM on 01/20/2017
Just remeber If you watch Fox your a conspiracy theorist, but Trump is a Manchurian Candidate for Russia who wants to eliminate free speech and deport all non-white people.
Just remeber If you watch Fox your a conspiracy theorist, but Trump is a Manchurian Candidate for Russia who wants to eliminate free speech and deport all non-white people.
4:17AM on 01/21/2017
Yes don't trust actual facts derived from actual research. Instead rely on information you get from web sites.
Yes don't trust actual facts derived from actual research. Instead rely on information you get from web sites.
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