I read the web-publication Filmmaker Magazine regularly. They publish each month a VOD-calendar with their picks and I have used…
Revenge of the Electric Car
A sequel to 2006's Who Killed the Electric Car?, director Chris Paine once again looks at electric vehicles. Where in the last film electric cars were dismissed as uneconomical and unreliable, and were under multiple attacks from government, the auto industry, and from energy companies who didn't want them to succeed, this film chronicles, in the light of new changes in technology, the world economy, and the auto industry itself, the race - from both major car companies like Ford and Nissan, and from new rising upstarts like Tesla - to bring a practical consumer EV to market.
At times it seemed like a really long car commercial, but it's a car I'd like to buy. Sometimes things could have been edited better. Namely the Anthony Kiedis excerpts. It almost felt like he was in a different documentary. It seemed like the director didn't know where to put his comments, so he just shoved them in at random places.
All in all it was enjoyable, especially to see the kind of people that make the grand decisions that shape the way we drive. I'd recommend this documentary if you are bored and looking for time to kill, but don't expect too much.
I’m not a car guy. I don’t like them. I wish I didn’t have to have one. They’re wastes of money, wastes of time and wastes of energy once they hit the age where all you do is worry about how much longer they’ll last. Plus, they’re gross and a huge reason why our planet is slowly dying. I’d love nothing more than to move into a city and just hop on a subway or walk to wherever it is I need to be, never having to worry about being a car owner ever again.
After I saw Who Killed the Electric Car? I was sad and angry that something so objectively great was destroyed just because it didn’t make…
I get the feeling that the co-operation from General Motors on this film is entirely due to them realizing what a PR disaster "Who Killed The Electric Car?" was. It's what was edited out that I'd like to see, oh to be there when the cameras weren't running!
The film is shot beautifully and you really get drawn into the story to the point where you almost forget you're watching a documentary. Of course we all want a cleaner, better mode of transportation so you're cheering everyone on from the outset, from the garage enthusiast to the Silicon Valley startup, you even feel for the big corporates - GM and Nissan.
Only history will tell us how this one ends.
Less a look into the social and industrial machinery than the first movie (WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR?) was than a series of profiles of the men are attempting to revive the vehicle. In that way, I think it loses some of the urgency of its predecessor. Some of the biographical minutiae included feels relatively useless and out of place.
Chris Paine's first film, "Who Killed the Electric Car?" was a bit of a revelation. There was this electric vehicle made by GM - the EV-1 - and its owners loved it. And one day, the cars were rounded up and destroyed. Why?
The second film explores current events that we're a lot more attuned to because of "Who Killed...?" Interest in electric cars has increased since 2006, and by the time of this documentary there are three major players: Tesla, GM with the Chevy Volt and Nissan with the Leaf.
The film is probably most interesting when it bears witness to Elon Musk having a nervous breakdown in real time. (Spoiler alert: He's doing just fine these days, despite…
Not as good as his first one on the subject. Probably because the first film told about something we never knew happened, whilst this film is about everyone trying to now make the ev and it's a bit dated.
Documentário bem interessante sobre o desenvolvimento de carros elétricos por grandes montadoras.
O que poderia ser a salvação da industria, em meio a crise de 2009 virou um fardo para algumas empresas encurraladas e impedidas de dar um passo além.
Serve como registro dessas época de crise, mas não muito mais que isso.
In which... the doco provides a decent follow up to the issues regarding the future of the electric car but lacks the same sense of shock and mystery that helped the original documentary through asking "who killed the electric car" do so well.
Not really much to say here. Really funny that the real innovators are living in a trailer when the big businessman that are marketed as innovators well... they aren't actually innovating... I suppose Elon Musk is an example. He seems intelligent (at least morseo than most execs), but is much more of a businessman than his original partner.
Just wish they hadn't overly-glorified Tesla. Believe me, I'm all for "going electric", but I want to atleast see results.
Still waiting for Hyperloop though!
Interesting to see how Elon Musk and Tesla struggles in the beginning.
What Drives Progress
One of the most important details about the electric car to me is mentioned precisely once. By, as I recall, Danny DeVito. (A proud electric car owner himself, and apparently one of the people whose EV1s were taken away when GM decided there was no money in electric cars.) He's talking up the advantages of it, and he admits that the cleanliness of the things is directly proportionate to the source of electricity they're drawing on. An electric car powered by a coal-fired electrical plant is not actually all that great for the environment, especially at the mileage electric cars get these days, because coal-fired electrical plants are terrible for the environment. So okay, we haven't gone…
Elon Musk and Bob Lutz in one frame.
Have added fourteen of the Documentaries I have watched and liked. Am looking for other recommendations to watch.