An In­con­ve­nient Se­quel: Truth To Power

Malta Independent - - CINEMA -

Just over a decade ago, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist and for­mer-Vice Pres­i­dent Al Gore made a movie about cli­mate change. Shock­ing and grip­ping in equal mea­sure, An In­con­ve­nient Truth was a smash hit. It broke box of­fice records in the US, re­ceived three stand­ing ova­tions at Sun­dance film fes­ti­val and won two Academy awards, the only doc­u­men­tary ever to do so. More im­por­tantly, it laid bare the ef­fects of global warm­ing to mil­lions of peo­ple. Now, 11 years on and its Shake­spearean hero is back on the big screen.

Sure he’s a lit­tle older, a lit­tle plumper and a lot greyer, but the star of An In­con­ve­nient Se­quel: Truth To Power is as mag­netic as ever and the film re­volves around him. We watch as he stalks the cor­ri­dors of power, bro­kers deals with In­dia and treks the Arc­tic with speccy Swiss sci­en­tists. He even nar­rowly avoids ter­ror­ism, giv­ing an emo­tional speech when trapped in Paris dur­ing the 2015 at­tacks. If there’s one big dif­fer­ence this time, it’s that we get much less Pow­erPoint. Whereas An In­con­ve­nient Truth was mostly Gore lec­tur­ing in front of a screen, its fol­low-up fo­cuses more on his ac­tions away from the crowds. This could seem like a van­ity project, but Gore’s en­thu­si­asm and to­tal com­mit­ment ap­pear gen­uine. It doesn’t feel like he’s do­ing it for an ego-boost.

Largely, it’s more of the dis­tress­ing same, but up­dated. An­i­mated sea-level pro­jec­tions are re­placed by footage of flash floods. Nat­u­ral dis­as­ters are linked to car­bon lev­els. For­est fires are rooted in drought. To an ex­tent, An In­con­ve­nient Se­quel: Truth To Power is one big, fat ‘I told you so’, but with none of the sat­is­fac­tion. Shot mostly be­fore last year’s elec­tion, the movie was post-edited to in­clude Trump’s de­ci­sion to take the US out of the Paris Agree­ment — a land­mark global com­mit­ment to re­duc­ing green­house gas emis­sions. Gore ar­gues this won’t change any­thing, but it gives the film a gloomy end­ing.

Still, there are pos­i­tives to be taken. Re­new­able en­ergy has sky­rock­eted since 2006 and the cost of wind farms and so­lar pan­els has plum­meted. Even fat cat con­ser­va­tives in the bi­ble belt are em­brac­ing the tech­nol­ogy. Gore visits a few, pos­ing for pic­tures with the en­emy. What this demon­strates is that how­ever big the ob­sta­cle, there’s a clever way to get around it. And Gore is des­per­ate to show progress in this vi­tal, hugely rel­e­vant doc­u­men­tary. But is it too lit­tle too late? Clas­si­fi­ca­tion PG

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