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Review: ‘Inconvenient Sequel’ shows Gore still fighting

Sequel to Oscar-winning 2006 doc finds Gore fighting an enemy tougher than climate change: a broken political process

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

In 2006, Al Gore laid out his climate change argument in “An Inconvenient Truth.” The film won an Oscar for Best Documentary, but didn’t stop the growing threat of global warming, so like any movie hero worth his salt, Gore is back with a sequel.

“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” is less a call to arms to the people than an examination of a broken political system. Early on in the film, Gore — now grayer, a bit paunchier and more fiery than the droll figure he was once — says in order to fix the climate crisis, we must first repair our “democracy crisis.”

The movie focuses on the unglamorous legwork of dealing with politicians and world leaders to address and fix a problem. Gore is seen on the phone and in meetings with various figures, pushing toward a goal of saving the planet. “The Avengers” do it with intergalactic battles, Gore does it with an iPhone and a global travel itinerary.

Through it all, Gore comes across as something of a tragic figure, the town crier to whom no one would listen (or not enough people, at least) but who continues to shout from the rooftops nonetheless. “An Inconvenient Sequel” shows he’s still on the front lines, training others to spread the word, hoping to make progress by the time a third film is necessitated.

Much of the movie focuses on the Paris climate accord and the attempts to pull the deal together in 2015. Of course, we know how that ended. It’s not time for Gore to hang up his cape just yet.

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‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’


Rated PG for thematic elements and some troubling images

Running time: 100 minutes