Wednesday, August 9, 2017

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power review

By Nico Beland
Movie Review: *** out of 4
Fight like your world depends on it in An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

            It’s not often a documentary film gets a sequel, only other time I could think of was 2004’s Trekkies 2, well when your movie happens to be one of the most talked about documentaries for many years a follow-up seems inevitable. That’s the case with former vice president, Al Gore’s 2006 film that warned the people of global warming, An Inconvenient Truth which was a huge hit upon its release, won two Academy Awards®, and helped spread the awareness of global warming and what can be done to prevent it.
            Eleven years later Al Gore strikes again with the sequel, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power which tackles climate change and his attempts to persuade the government leaders of the world to invest in renewable energy culminating in the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2016. Al invites us on a journey across the world to influence international climate policies and train an army of climate champions to fight alongside him in his tireless battle against global warming and his quest to find a new, clean, reusable energy source for the planet.
            Al Gore also goes into detail about the impact An Inconvenient Truth had after its release as well as predictions from the first movie that eventually came true, covers various disasters and catastrophic events around the world, and even subtly antagonizes President Trump while still managing to pay tribute to the people involved in the natural disasters and to the survivors and people who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks in Paris a couple years ago.
            Overall, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power probably didn’t need to exist but I appreciate the film for not rehashing the exact same global warming theme from the first movie and instead expands on it and takes a few more risks with its content. Nevertheless, the message of the film is just as strong and inspirational as the one in the first movie.
            After seeing this movie, I gained more awareness of the effects of climate change on the world and what I could do to support a new energy source that’s more environmentally friendly than what we’re currently stuck with. However, I still think the first film did a better job presenting its information to the viewer, from using a Futurama clip to explain the concept of global warming to a CG frog in boiling water, sadly we don’t get much of that here which left me a little disappointed but it didn’t ruin the movie.
            Despite being given a film rating that is usually used for pointless marketing purposes, the footage shown of the heavy floods and storms are pretty intense and frightening. I don’t get scared easily when watching movies but when you see real-life footage of heavy winds and massive flooding in Miami Beach, chances are it’ll be a lot more terrifying than any horror movie and it really leaves an impact on you.
            Like its predecessor, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is a documentary that really opens your eyes to the entire world and shows how far we’ve come along since the first movie’s release in 2006. More places are aware of solar energy as well as taking full advantage of the concept, and what a huge benefit it could have on the entire planet.

            If you loved the first movie and want to see Al Gore cover more in his never-ending battle against global warming and climate change, then this is one “Truth to Power” not to be missed. I can’t say you’ll enjoy it as much as the first movie but hopefully the moral and impact of the movie will be enough for you to speak out and make our home a better place, because if Trump’s not going to do it then the American people will, the film literally closes with that statement and it couldn’t be any more perfect.

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