Synopsis: A decade after “An Inconvenient Truth” brought the climate crisis into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.
Release date: July 28, 2017 (expands Aug. 4)
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Directors: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk
MPAA Rating: PG (for Thematic Elements and some troubling images)
Starring: Al Gore
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On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 72% based on 43 reviews, with an average rating of 6.3/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power makes a plea for environmental responsibility that adds a persuasive — albeit arguably less impactful — coda to its acclaimed predecessor.”
On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a score of 67 out of 100, based on 18 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.
John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter gave the documentary a positive review, while acknowledging it isn’t as impactful as the original, saying “it finds plenty to add, both in cementing the urgency of Gore’s message and in finding cause for hope.”
Conversely, writing for RogerEbert.com, Nick Allen gave the film a negative review, writing: “The documentary follow-up proves to be less about global warming than propping up a hero awkwardly desperate to captivate audiences again like he did eleven years ago. It’s like the Zoolander 2 of global warming documentaries.”
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is a 2017 American documentary film directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk about former United States Vice President Al Gore’s continuing mission to battle climate change. The sequel to An Inconvenient Truth (2006), the film addresses the progress made to tackle the problem and Gore’s global efforts to persuade governmental leaders to invest in renewable energy, culminating in the landmark signing of 2016’s Paris Agreement.
The film follows the efforts made to tackle climate change and Al Gore’s attempts to persuade governmental leaders to invest in renewable energy, culminating in the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2016.
When asked during a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” in 2013 whether there were plans for a follow-up film, An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim said, “I think about it a lot – I think we need one right now.” In 2014, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the producers of the film were in talks over a possible sequel. “We have had conversations,” co-producer Bender said. “We’ve met; we’ve discussed. If we are going to make a movie, we want it to have an impact.” Co-producer David also believed a sequel was needed. “God, do we need one,” David said. “Everything in that movie has come to pass. At the time we did the movie, there was Hurricane Katrina; now we have extreme weather events every other week. The update has to be incredible and shocking.”
In December 2016, Al Gore announced that a follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth will open at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The film is to be screened in the Climate section, a new section for films featuring climate and the environment. Gore expects the film will later be released by Paramount in 2017.
In June 2017, the filmmakers told TheWrap that following President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, they would re-edit the film to expand Trump’s role as antagonist before it hits theaters in July.