An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, B
Rated PG, 100 minutes
In 2006, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore helped reenergize the environmental movement with his compelling, Oscar-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," which helped shed light into global warming and other elements of climate change. Whether you agree with Gore's claims and his movie, give the Nobel Peace Prize winner props for bringing the environment back into the discussion, and he does it again with the entertaining, thought-provoking "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," which follows his ongoing, impassioned appeal to make the world a better place. Though often redundant and generally less effective than the 2006 film, it still helps keep the environment center stage.
Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world to train an army of activists and influence international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes -- in moments both private and public, funny and poignant -- as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.
"An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" is co-directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk and again features Gore leading the discussion about climate change. Gore traipses the globe, seeing the melting ice caps, meeting with global leaders to encourage renewable energy, and sees first hand the aftermath of destruction of some natural disasters that have occurred in the last few years. Along the way, Gore continues with his slick, colorful slide show to demonstrate the effects of pollution and how the Earth keeps getting hotter and hotter.
It's a message that isn't a new one for Gore, and he covers much of the same ground here he did with the first film in 2006, and while still a relevant discussion and often thought-provoking, it doesn't shed much new light into the situation. The more entertaining moments have the cameras following him in some candid situations as well as discussing his political career, which Gore does freely without much prompting.
His detractors will also note what the "Inconvenient Sequel" tends to overlook: Gore's investments in the solar companies that are part of the fight, as well overstating his contribution to the Paris Agreement of 2015, which he had a small hand in implementing. Even with those flaws, Gore's a smart, entertaining and often impassioned speaker, evident he's an environmental champion and knows his stuff.
While it's not exactly revelatory, "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" holds to the old notion that knowledge is power, and that knowledge will help make the environment a little better.