Directors: Bonni Cohen/Jon Shenk
Actual Films/Partipant Media
A decade after An Inconvenient Truth Al Gore returns to the documentary form to remind us that the world is hurtling to its demise, that global warming is real, that the global warning has been ignored for far too long and that big business and big government is to blame, sure, but we can all start local and think global, etc…
And a powerful point for his argument is the atrocities across the last week in Houston, Alabama, Mississippi Louisiana and South East Asia. With many more examples to come no doubt.
The post-Katrina devastation of America is documented in the film – and Gore uses one of his original film’s biggest criticisms, being laughed at for suggesting that the site of the 9/11 memorial could flood, to brilliant effect – simply showing the recent flooding footage across that area.
But where An Inconvenient Truth was driven by his power-point lecture – was in fact a filmed version of his presentation, this Inconvenient Sequel mostly runs as a giant ad for Brand Gore. And had me wondering about his carbon footprint as much as it did about what I or anyone else could do…or ‘should’ be doing…
Also, alone in the theatre, literally the only person at the screening, you have to wonder about the power of his point. Do we simply not care? Do we see another Al Gore documentary as code for something we are sure we already know and don’t actually want to learn about? I guess that’s the case.
I wanted to like this film – though liking it isn’t the point of course. But I’m not sure if the message is being correctly delivered. Halfway through Gore decides to point to climate change’s latest elephant in the room. But whether for legal or lackadaisical reasons the threat of Donald Trump is really just nodded to, and though Gore is right in saying there have been challenges for 30+ years and this is just the latest it does little to truly acknowledge and expound upon that parenthetical sub-title: Truth to Power.
The footage, the science, the thinking here – all undeniable. The atrocities continue. The current American president has just walked back Obama’s flood prevention measures.
There’s no good news here.
We’re supposed to take solace of sorts from a calm, measured Al Gore?