Monday, January 15, 2007

Who Killed the Electric Car?

Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)

Amid ever-increasing gas prices, this documentary delves into the short life of the GM EV1 electric car -- once all the rage in the mid-1990s and now fallen by the roadside. How could such an efficient, green-friendly vehicle fail to transform our garages and skies? Through interviews with government officials, former GM employees and concerned celebs (such as EV1 driver Mel Gibson), Chris Paine (former EV1 owner) seeks to answer the question.
My Two Cents: Pedantic sob-story that panders to irrelavant emotional fixation with a certain car; misses its chance to make a meaningful "big picture" statement.

NetFix Rank: Didn't Like It
IMDB Rank: 6/10

Further Thoughts:

I'm on board with Global Warming, slowly but surely. I'm not Dennis Quaid in Day After Tomorrow, but unlike many of my conservative brethren I feel that there exists enough truth to continue examining the issue.

Who Killed the Electric Car? feigns interest in this issue, but it doesn't make much more than a feeble attempt to dissect how its subject matter can contribute to a long-term solution. It's schmaltzy and dishonest and annoying. Its title should be: Who Killed the EV1?, as maybe ten percent of the 90-minute running time relates the plight of these 100 or so EV1-owners to the larger concern at hand.

If you're looking for a documentary that makes a compelling argument then stick with An Inconvenient Truth.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for people to know.

7:14 PM  

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