Revenge of the Electric Car
|Revenge of the Electric Car|
|Directed by||Chris Paine|
|Produced by||Stefano Durdic
|Written by||Chris Paine
|Narrated by||Tim Robbins|
|Music by||David Robbins
|Edited by||Chris A. Peterson|
Revenge of the Electric Car is a 2011 feature documentary film by Chris Paine, who also directed Who Killed the Electric Car?. The documentary, executive produced by Stefano Durdic, and produced by PG Morgan and Jessie Deeter, had its world premiere at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival on Earth Day, April 22, 2011. The theatrical release to the public took place on October 21, 2011.
Revenge follows four entrepreneurs from 2007 through the end of 2010 as they fight to bring the electric car back to the world market in the midst of a global recession. The protagonists are Bob Lutz from General Motors, Elon Musk from the American start-up Tesla Motors, Carlos Ghosn from Renault-Nissan, and Greg Abbott, an independent electric car converter from California. Danny DeVito is also interviewed, as an electric car enthusiast and owner of a Chevy Volt.
Whereas the 2006 film Who Killed the Electric Car? ended with the destruction of nearly 5,000 electric cars from California's clean air program, notably the GM EV1, the new film features the birth of a new generation of electric cars including the Chevrolet Volt, the Nissan Leaf and the Tesla Roadster.
Release and reception
The documentary premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival on Earth Day, April 22, 2011. The theatrical release took place on October 21, 2011 in Los Angeles and New York, followed by openings in major metropolitan areas.
Revenge of the Electric Car received mixed reviews. ABC's review praised the film, commenting, "As much as you expect it to be a story about technology, it's really a tale about people. ... [The four entrepreneurs'] stories are skillfully woven together, each presented in their own voice." USA Today wrote, "Revenge is a must-see movie for anyone interested in cars." The Guardian noted that the film "is more than just a snapshot of the gamesmanship behind the creation of mass-market vehicles. Revenge offers a look inside the minds of business leaders struggling through one of the most troubled periods of recent economic history. ... [It] captures rich natural tension as it unfolds."
The Philadelphia Inquirer's Steven Rea wrote, "As filmmaking goes, Paine's follow-up is a dud." J. R. Jones of the Chicago Reader commented, "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."
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