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  • Summary: In 2006, as many as 5,000 modern electric cars were destroyed by the major car companies that built them. Today, less than 5 years later, the electric car is back… with a vengeance. In Revenge of the Electric Car, director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors, and an independent car converter named Greg “Gadget” Abbott to find the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of automobiles is America’s future: fast, furious, and cleaner than ever. With almost every major car maker now jumping to produce new electric models, Revenge of the Electric Car follows the race to be the first, the best, and to win the hearts and minds of the public around the world. We watch as these cars are developed from a concept into a working product, and see the car makers themselves struggle with the economy, the press, each other, and the car buying public. (Area 23a) Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Daniel M. Gold
    Oct 20, 2011
    90
    In the end, Revenge of the Electric Car is a slick, enjoyable valentine to a retooling industry. This optimistic film lacks the outrage of the earlier work, but that's O.K. A movement needs its triumphs too.
  2. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Nov 3, 2011
    75
    A curious thing about "Revenge" is that auto executives who might have been portrayed as villains in Paine's earlier documentary are likable characters here.
  3. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Nov 23, 2011
    75
    Lacks the urgency of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" But Paine's thorough knowledge of his subject, and engaging way with an interview, make the follow-up film a fun ride.
  4. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Oct 18, 2011
    70
    Sleekly designed (Tim Robbins narrates) with excellent mileage, Revenge is a balm for beaten-down times. In lieu of a business case for ethics, it tells the story of that rare moment when the bottom line finally dovetails with the greater good.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Nov 3, 2011
    63
    The follow-up, Revenge of the Electric Car, arrives today and it's a lesser animal, more hopeful but also more complex and lacking the focused urgency of the original.
  6. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Nov 17, 2011
    50
    Feels more like a postscript than a probing, provocative documentary.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Oct 21, 2011
    25
    This time the execs are lobbying us, yet the public grows increasingly furious as our tax dollars fund corporate welfare, bailouts and dumb ideas like the $41,000 golf cart that is the Chevy Volt.

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  1. Jan 26, 2012
    3
    Rundown of the electric car market but doesn't deliver anything new than what a casual observer of the trend doesn't already know. There is also a bitterness to the movie which feels like the personal opinion of the producer infecting the script. It may have scored higher but for the almost hatred shown for carlos the CEO of Nissan/Renault and for the suspiciously complete omission of the Toyota Prius. Not one mention. I am guessing since the film makers were not given access to Toyota and their EV developments that they would have their own 'Revenge' and not mention them. Childish and detracts from what film making should be about. Collapse