The techie stuff is light and the mood mostly optimistic, which makes for a slightly bland experience.
| Original Score: 3/5
"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.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Fascinating and highly entertaining...
Wall Street might want to take notice of how quickly tides can change.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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.
Fascinating in its own right.
Anybody throwing the word revenge around right now is being a tad premature.
In lieu of a business case for ethics, it tells the story of that rare moment when the bottom line finally dovetails with the greater good.
Given Paine's penchant for B-movie-sounding titles, let's hope he gets to make it a trilogy that concludes with The Electric Car Lives!
Too many important questions are never addressed, or even asked, presumably to protect corporate secrets.
Without true tension, the docu feels as slickly manufactured as its va-va-voom subject.
This fascinating sequel provides a surprisingly upbeat prognosis on the transition to electric vehicles.