Prepare yourself for white-hot rage, because we’re all screwed. The ice caps are melting, the ocean levels are rising, developing nations are stuck in a poverty-driven pollution cycle and, as you may well know, Trump has withdrawn from the Paris Climate Accord like some kind of asshole. We hear this so constantly, usually in the form boiled-down pseudo-scientific jargon—but from cities in America like Miami, to Tacloban in the Philippines, to relatively human-free areas of Greenland, the planet is in serious crisis.
Re-enter Al Gore and An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. You've known Gore for years and, chances are, you're at least peripherally aware of his climate crusade—which dates back to the 1980s—but not since An Inconvenient Truth more than a decade ago has the information been so accessible and bite-sized, nor has the situation been more dire.
Yes, the inmates are currently running the American asylum, and yes, the information seems bleak, but among the stark realities exposed or revisited in Sequel comes hope in the form of small American cities going 100 percent renewable (even in a tiny red town in Texas). A seemingly revitalized Gore is continuing to offer training to like-minded climate crusaders, and there's evolving tech and ideals that lean more toward solar and wind power (they're the best ones, you know). It's good to see the former vice president getting pissed off, but he's also got the patience and resolve of a saint. Not since his guest spots on Futurama (his daughter Kristin was a writer) have we been so enamored with his grace and ethics, and we definitely agree it's time to start worrying, if you haven't already.
To paraphrase something Gore says in the film, future generations will have every right to look back on us and wonder why we didn't listen, why we didn't strategize, why we didn't act.
+Still relevant, valuable information
-Plays a little too toward the middle
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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk
With Gore and all kinds of world leaders
Violet Crown, PG, 98 min.