2017 | 100 minutes | Rated PG
When former US vice president Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth came out in 2006, it landed with a bang. But fast-forward a decade, and it seems that progress on the public perception of climate change has gone in reverse. In 2016, American voters elected a president who has sworn to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and called climate change a "hoax." This fallen world is the new setting for Gore's follow-up film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. A white-haired, slightly more spacious Gore travels from the melting Greenland ice sheets to a flooded Miami Beach to demonstrate the impacts of climate change. He still gives a damned fine PowerPoint presentation, and he's as single-mindedly passionate about the issue as ever. But in many ways, Gore makes the same pitch as he did in 2006. And that's where the message/film fails—because it doesn't address the root of the problem. It's really just one perspective privileged enough to envision global goodwill because money helps and hopefully we all care about the planet. And if that's the message we're left with—Compassionate Capitalism™ to the rescue—we're absolutely fucked.
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