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Chris Paine's documentary about General Motors' development and withdrawal of the innovative, environment-friendly EV1 automobile is bound to reverberate with anyone who's fallen in love with a product only to see it irrevocably yanked from the market.
The film's clear and informative exploration of the collusion between the private sector and government agencies, along with the auto giants' wielding of their financial power to sway legislature, can't help but raise the viewer's ire.
Cynical bike riders may well snicker at scenes of car-lovers behaving like tree-huggers, but Paine effectively builds the viewer's affection for EV1, so the removal of the cars works as the film's climactic moment.
Paine's movie can be a bit repetitious, but whether you regard the story as a footnote to automotive history or as a record of a tragically lost opportunity, you'll find plenty of interesting material here, not to mention some cause for hope.
Writer-director Chris Paine offers many things: a stinging critique of the car industry's short-sightedness and lust for profits, a plea for greater public awareness of alternative energies, and an elegy for a sweet little electro-car called the EV1.