Following up his 2006's Who Killed The Electric Car, film-maker Chris Paine has a more difficult task here.
| Original Score: 2/5
The resulting puff-piece is a warning to crusading filmmakers about what happens after they've beaten the system.
Too many important questions are never addressed, or even asked, presumably to protect corporate secrets.
| Original Score: 2/4
Anybody throwing the word revenge around right now is being a tad premature.
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
Saying electric cars are "zero emission" is about as truthful as saying you don't have to kill a cow when you buy a hamburger.
| Original Score: 1/4
As filmmaking goes, Paine's follow-up is a dud.
Without true tension, the docu feels as slickly manufactured as its va-va-voom subject.
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.
Ultimately, "Revenge of the Electric Car" is like meeting with an overeager salesman. In real life, that's not necessarily an unpleasant experience, but it also doesn't last 90 minutes.
It's an unexciting story, told in an excited manner...
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.
Wall Street might want to take notice of how quickly tides can change.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Chalk this up with The Godfather Part II and The Empire Strikes Back as one of the few sequels that's better than the original.
The first film was charged with drama. "Revenge" is somewhat anticlimactically charged with a wall plug.
| Original Score: 3/4
Fascinating in its own right.
This is still the kind of film that's probably most necessary if movies hope to play any kind of part in our cultural rehab.
Though not as engrossing as the first film (2006's "Who Killed the Electric Car?"), "Revenge" pulls back the cover on the major car manufacturers' more recent efforts.
| Original Score: B
Endlessly fascinating for car nuts.
In the end, "Revenge of the Electric Car" is a slick, enjoyable valentine to a retooling industry. This optimistic film lacks the outrage of the earlier work, but that's O.K. A movement needs its triumphs too.