It's a slick and reassuring follow-up, if a naggingly superficial one...
| Original Score: 3/5
It's an unexciting story, told in an excited manner...
A surprisingly optimistic progress report.
Following up his 2006's Who Killed The Electric Car, film-maker Chris Paine has a more difficult task here.
| Original Score: 2/5
Does Paine owe capitalism an apology? The market for electric cars was there, after all, and electric cars finally came along.
I await the next, more adjusting swing of the roundabout for Paine and volt-powered automotion: perhaps, The Electric Car Settles into a Median State Equidistant Between Success and Failure.
The techie stuff is light and the mood mostly optimistic, which makes for a slightly bland experience.
Here's a rarity: an environmentally themed documentary that's got a positive story to tell.
| Original Score: 4/5
There were high hopes of a warts-and-all follow-up to Paine's first film exposing the big guns of automotive, but it hasn't materialised.
The resulting puff-piece is a warning to crusading filmmakers about what happens after they've beaten the system.
This is more superficial rah-rah than investigation. I'm sure it serves its ideological purpose, but as a documentary, it's uninspired.
| Original Score: 5/10
"Revenge of the Electric Car" lacks the urgency of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" But Paine's thorough knowledge of his subject, and engaging way with an interview, make the follow-up film a fun ride.
| Original Score: 3/4
As filmmaking goes, Paine's follow-up is a dud.
| Original Score: 2/4
If you thought you'd never mist up at a nonfiction movie about plug-in autos, you're in for a surprise. This is a surprisingly emotional trip, and a very enjoyable one.
I doubt "Revenge of the Electric Car" will change any minds, but I could see it shifting them slightly, and that's not nothing.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Once a muckraker, Paine now acts mostly as a cheerleader, and his slick new movie trades heavily in the sort of flattering CEO profiles that grace the covers of business magazines.
The first film was charged with drama. "Revenge" is somewhat anticlimactically charged with a wall plug.
Endlessly fascinating for car nuts.
The movie is interesting now and, given its subject, should even be more interesting in about a hundred years. Stick around.
More hopeful but also more complex and lacking the focused urgency of the original.