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An Inconvenient Sequel

Fight like your world depends on it.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, the follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, Davis Guggenheim’s Oscar-winning documentary from 2006, is the rare movie reboot that justifies its existence.

Poster for the update documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To PowerNow gray-haired and at times sounding angrier in his speeches, Al Gore, in Sequel, takes on the air of a Shakespearean figure, a man long cast out of power by what he casually refers to as ‘the Supreme Court decision’ (meaning Bush v. Gore) but still making the same arguments that have been hallmarks of his career.

If there is a thesis in this new documentary, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, it’s that a rise in extreme weather is making the impact of climate change harder to deny. The movie touches on Hurricane Sandy, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the wildfire in Fort McMurray, and the Zika virus. Mr. Gore visits Greenland and the flooded streets of the Miami area. (He acknowledges a complicated relationship with Florida.)

An Inconvenient Sequel also delves deeper into the arcane details of compromise than its predecessor, with scenes of Mr. Gore working to find a middle ground between the needs of developed and developing nations. In a group meeting, Piyush Goyal, India’s power minister, pushes back against Mr. Gore’s desire to replicate in India the expanded use of solar energy in the United States. ‘I’ll do the same thing after 150 years,’ Mr. Goyal replies.
“Mr. Gore likens President Trump’s election to a quip often attributed to Mike Tyson: You always have a plan until you get punched in the face. The movie has been updated since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January to include Mr. Trump’s announcement of the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, a decision that probably forecasts another sequel.

– Ben Keningsberg, The New York Times

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