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Revenge of the Electric Car (2011)

Tim Robbins , Bob Lutz , Chris Paine  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tim Robbins, Bob Lutz, Elon Musk, Carlos Ghosn, Adrian Grenier
  • Directors: Chris Paine
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005TZFZK6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,342 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 --The Hollywood Reporter

Riveting ... highly entertaining. With unprecedented insider access, Paine presents a film that is less an environmental jeremiad than 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. --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 --Esquire

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By 2006, as many as 5,000 electric cars were destroyed by the major car companies that built them. Today, the electric car is back... with a vengeance. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America s future: fast, furious, and cleaner than ever. Narrated by Tim Robbins, and from the director of Who Killed the Electric Car?, the film goes behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors and an independent car converter to find the story of the global resurgence of electric cars, following the race to be the first and the best, and to win the hearts and minds of the public around the world. It s not just the next generation of green cars that s on the line, it s the future of the automobile itself.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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At the dramatic conclusion of Chris Paine's 2006 documentary feature "Who Killed The Electric Car?," it appeared as if this alternate source of transportation was already a thing of the past. As we know, however, electric cars (or cars that incorporate this technology) do exist in contemporary 2012. It seems quite fitting, therefore, that Paine would have compiled a follow-up film with "Revenge of the Electric Car." How did the market shift so dramatically in such a short period of time? That is a question Paine seeks to answer, and for this film he received surprising behind-the-scenes access to some of the most influential power players in the industry. The journey begins shortly after the conclusion of the initial film, with an unlikely advocate being GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz whose company received the most vocal condemnation for pulling the EV1 off the market (this is the primary subject of the first film, if you have not seen it). With Lutz cooperating with the filmmaker (and other companies working on the electric car), "Revenge" plays as a decidedly less political film. It is not as interested in chronicling the issues already raised in the previous documentary, but in showcasing the rise of this new industry.

But it's still a path that is fraught with challenges, and the film astutely chooses to focus of the viewpoint of four major characters over the course of several years. We see these individuals at their best and at their worst as they deal with the ever-changing world. Aside from GM's Lutz, who wants to leave his company's Volt as his legacy, there are three other stories to tell. We've got PayPal billionaire Elon Musk, whose start-up Tesla Motors in Silicon Valley is working on high-end luxury cars.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High production value, great story January 6, 2012
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Talk about cool! This movie is the best insider look at cutting edge vehicle programs and the rise of the newest generation of electric cars from 2005 to 2011. It was fun and easy to watch (I watched it twice in a row) because the protagonists are great, the story keeps you interested, the music is phenomenal and the picture quality is top-notch. This is not your average documentary.

I have been interested in Elon Musk and Bob Lutz for a long time, so this movie was at the top of my must-see list. Not only does it give an inside look into the lives of Elon and Bob (at work and at home) but the filmmakers arranged a meeting for the two to get together at the North America Auto Show. Elon and Bob talk about the cars as they tour the auto show together! Priceless!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative & Educational February 14, 2012
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First let me make it clear that know very little about the electric car. I am all about getting back to the earth & living Organic. I live almost entirely off of the grid. However I am not a super techie kinda gal. But I do like to learn.

I learned a lot more than I expected to about the journey of the electric car. It was very interesting to get to see the background of the people behind the cars. The guy who created PayPal now makes electric cars? I had no idea! I also didn't know about the recall. That was a real shocker to me. I didn't know the technology was around & being used by the public. I guess I was still pretty young then & not paying attention to much.

It was great to see the different aspects of the business. You have the person working from their garage. Then Mr. Paypal who has tons of money but no experience building cars like GM & others. Then our US major car maker & finally our "enemy" - the Non US major car maker whom I was very impressed with; his confidence plus he seemed the most in control & in the game compared to everyone else.

The inventiveness of everyone is astounding & brings hope to our abused little planet. It is my hope that we can find something even better than the electric car since electricity is hardly a clean option either! I know, I know, there is wind power, solar power, hydro power, thermal power & more. They all have their limits & they themselves need improvement. You also must take into consideration the ramifications of having those giant toxic batteries. It makes me wonder if we are simply trading one evil for another.

I was hoping to see something about the Prius. The Prius seemed to be the ice breaker for a greener car.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and informative April 7, 2012
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Every time I fill my Prius these days, I'm so thankful that I have a car that is at least partly electric and gives me a lot of miles per gallon. I can imagine how much better it would be if I had a car that was totally electric but there aren't many affordable electric cars out there yet. This documentary gives me hope that there will soon be more energy efficient cars available. This movie was not only informative, it was very entertaining. I loved the way it gave insight into the first electric cars and how GM destroyed them. It showed some of the small companies like Tesla that were trailblazers with the first all-electric vehicles. Wow, I wish I could afford one of those! That has to be one of the best looking cars I've seen.

The documentary also showed how resistant GM was to develop new electric models when there were Japanese carmakers that were selling so many hybrids and Americans were willing to pay a premium for them and even wait in line to get them in some cases. It has to make you wonder what they were thinking! I suppose the oil industry has something to do with it and with the general lack of efficient transportation other than the car. But that's another story.

The filming, interviews, presentation were all outstanding on this movie. If you like automobiles and/or you like the thought of cleaning up the environment and becoming less dependent of foreign oil, I think you'll be cheering some of the successes and feel frustrated with some of the delays in getting this next generation of vehicles to the market.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE ICONOCLASTS STRIKE BACK
A LITTLE DATED BY NOW, BUT A REFRESHING LOOK AND INSIGHT INTO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO INTRODUCE A NEW TECHNOLOGY. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Henry B. Gostony
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie about the comeback of electrics
So funny to watch what "Maximum" Bob Lutz does along the way. The following of Carlos head of Nissan is also very interesting, especially from a business perspective.
Published 1 month ago by HotRods4Ever
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing the future!
I was always saddened by what happened to the first batch of electric cars in California but this movie shows us the upside to the future and the inevitable rise of the electric... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars With this Film the Electric Car Begins its Return
If you've already seen the first film "Who Killed the Electric Car" I recommend that you watch the Plug In America's sponsored "What is the Electric Car? Read more
Published 4 months ago by "Teary Eyes" Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll get a charge out of this movie
Fascinating well-told artfully shot account of the 21st century evolution of the car. The key characters are brilliant and the film-makers are too.
Published 4 months ago by louise
4.0 out of 5 stars Big thumb up about electric car!!!!!!
It is very interesting movie. U guys need to understand the concept of electric cars are about. Go head and buy it and it is real worth for your knowledge .
Published 4 months ago by demone
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enligtening
I always wondered about the death of the electric car. The movie was well documented but I would have like to have more on the future forecasts for electric cars.
Published 6 months ago by Jill
4.0 out of 5 stars Good show. Gives insight into the electric car revolution
Good movie. Moved along well. Gave 4 perspectives of people leading the electric car's return. Gives you an appreciation for how car companies take risks to predict the future,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kitchen Kook
5.0 out of 5 stars tomorrow, maybe
Good follow up to, " Who KIlled The Electric car?". I think everyone should get this movie, and an electric car.
Published 8 months ago by Alan Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing and inspiring!
Loved this movie.
After I saw this movie, I got the video, and then I got solar panels and now I have a 100% electric Nissan LEAF that I plug into those solar panels. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Word Wiz
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