‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ review: Al Gore remains energetic in climate-change fight

Eleven years after the release of “An Inconvenient Truth” comes the sequel, a progress report of sorts from Al Gore, who remains committed to the climate-change cause. Rating: 3 stars out of 4.

Eleven years after the release of 2006’s “An Inconvenient Truth” comes “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” This new documentary is a progress report of sorts from Al Gore, the message of which, in essence, is: “I’m still here and so is the issue I’ve been championing all these years.”

That issue, of course, is climate change. Gore argues it’s real; it’s largely the product of human agency; it poses an existential threat to humanity; and mankind needs to act to save itself from the ravages he sees coming down the pike — many of which, he further argues, are already here.

It’s hardly a unique proposition. But Gore, by virtue of his status as a former vice president of the United States and by the passionate nature of his advocacy, is arguably the most universally recognizable champion of the climate-change cause. As such, he’s variously respected and reviled.

Movie Review ★★★  

‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,’ a documentary directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk. 100 minutes. Rated PG for thematic elements and some troubling images. Opens Aug. 4 at several theaters.

“An Inconvenient Sequel” is both a rebuttal and a rebuke to the voices who vociferously disparage him and his cause. The picture opens with an off-camera chorus of right-wing talkers for whom Gore is a favorite punching bag. Joining the chorus, in news clips, is Donald Trump, seen early as a candidate and later as president, inveighing against climate-change proponents. In a clip at the end, Trump is seen announcing his decision to pull the U.S. out of the 2015 Paris climate accord. Gore, viewing the news on a laptop, looks glum.

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For much of the movie though, Gore’s mood is upbeat. He talks about how solar energy and wind power are ascendant. He’s shown leading training sessions for environmentally minded people, teaching them how to become effective activists.

He’s seen traveling around the world, to Greenland to view glaciers melting, to Miami to slosh through storm-flooded streets and to the Paris conference itself.

And, as was the case with “An…

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