Review: Gore’s Sequel ‘Proves Planet Is Screwed With or Without Trump’
'The film was impossible to watch without feeling immense sadness for how much ground the fight has lost without Gore in a position to enact policy. And how much more ground might still be lost, given that the new climate-change-denying president has nominated climate-change-denier Scott Pruitt to head the EPA.'
And even though Sundance founder Robert Redford said yesterday that the festival doesn’t get involved in politics, the choice to make An Inconvenient Sequel the festival’s opening-night documentary, debuting on Inauguration Eve, was a clear statement. Also, Redford all but said in his introduction to the film that he wished the 2000 election had had a different result. “Al Gore is a very good friend of mine,” he said, mentioning that, “a few years ago there was a moment when politics and the Supreme Court was not very kind to Al, and what they did was they kind of drove him away from politics, but it drove him toward filmmaking, and I think that’s to our benefit.”
“Every night on the news is like a nature hike through the Book of Revelations,” says Gore, but this time around he’s not just trying to drive home the message of “we must do this for our children”; he’s showing the human cost of inaction. The vast field of wooden crosses in the Philippines marking just some of 6,300 who died in 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan. The mass graves that Pakistan was digging in preparation for its next heat waves. The dots we can and should be connecting between the horrific, history-defying drought that displaced as many as 1.5 million Syrian farmers and the unlivable conditions in crowded cities that played a huge part in causing civil war. There is a cause and effect between the destabilizing effects of climate change and rise of terrorism — a point Gore is trying to make on air in Paris when he gets news that across town gunmen have walked into the Bataclan nightclub and started shooting.