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September 21, 2011

Revenge of the Electric Car


"Fascinating ... a hugely entertaining portrait.  (Revenge) makes for a refreshing and ultimately very effective change of pace compared with the strident, propaganda approach so often employed by similar documentaries.  Even the most skeptical global warming deniers are apt to find themselves rooting for this disparate group of risk-takers who may well be spearheading the long delayed transition from oil reliance to new technology" 
FRANK SCHECK, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

 

“Riveting ... highly entertaining.  With unprecedented insider access, Paine presents a film that is less an environmental jeremiad that a portrait of the automotive industry as it seeks to catch up with the 21st century.  (Revenge) boasts the richest cast of quirky, compelling characters at Tribeca.”
JOHN LOPEZ, VANITY FAIR

 

"One of the best films at Tribeca ... this follow-up to 2006's Who Killed the Electric Car? is distinguished by its unguarded access to GM's Bob Lutz, Nissan's Carlos Ghosn, and Tesla's Elon Musk — three colorful super-villains who might just save the planet"  
JULIAN SANCTON, ESQUIRE

 

"Revenge' functions as both a victory celebration and a mending of fences"
MICHAEL RAMSEY, WALL STREET JOURNAL 

 

“Narrated by Tim Robbins with a spiffy soundtrack and swift editing tricks to keep the narrative flow alive, (Revenge) is a continually watchable breakdown of the electric car’s imminent return to the road, which it successfully presents as an exciting prospect ... The mission of the sequel emerges from the first entry and just keeps running – with no less efficiency than the late EV1”
ERIC KOHN, INDIEWIRE

 

"Exciting ... worthy of a wide audience.   "Revenge" chronicles a torturous but most welcome change in the thinking of American carmakers, finally forced to seek innovation as they face stunning existential choices. We are all living with the consequences of our addiction to gas guzzlers ... And with gas prices soaring again, the film's message is a particularly timely one."
SHARON WAXMAN, THE WRAP

“Paine has gained extraordinary access to the automotive industry’s movers and shakers, sitting in on Nissan’s secret strategy sessions and Tesla’s initial public offering.  As in ‘Who Killed ?’, lenser Thaddeus Waddleigh’s eye for texture and composition, Chris Peterson’s jazzy
editing style and dramatic music/image sync make for a seductive package”
RONNIE SCHEIB, VARIETY

 

"Shaped almost like the Space Race ... with Tesla, GM and Nissan competing to see who can put out the first affordable electric car"
MARLOW STERN, THE DAILY BEAST


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