Revenge of the Electric Car (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary  |  20 July 2012 (UK)
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Director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Narrator
Dan Neil ...
Himself - Columnist, Wall Street Journal
Himself - EV1 Driver
Ray Wert ...
Himself - Editor, Jalopnik
Gavin Newsom ...
Himself - Lieutenant Governor, California
Himself - Columnist, New York Times
Bob Lutz ...
Himself - Vice Chairman, GM
Evelyn Chiang ...
Herself - VP, Tesla Motors
Himself - CEO, Tesla Motors
Troy Nergaard ...
Himself - Tesla Engineer
J.B. Straubel ...
Himself - Chief Technical Engineer
Owen Thomas ...
Himself - Editor, Valleywag
Himself - Musician
Himself - Director, Iron Man


Revenge of the Electric Car presents the recent resurgence of electric vehicles as seen through the eyes of four pioneers of the EV revolution. Director Chris Paine (Who Killed the Electric Car? 2006) has had unprecedented access to the electric car research and development programs at General Motors, Nissan, and Tesla Motors, while also following a part time electric car converter who refuses to wait for the international car makers to create the electric cars the public demands. As more models of electric cars than ever before start to arrive in showrooms and driveways across the world, Chris Paine's film offers an inspiring, entertaining and definitive account of this revolutionary moment in human transportation. Revenge of the Electric Car follows these auto makers as they race each other to create the first, best, and most publicly accepted electric cars for the new car market. Written by Michelle Kaffko

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$17,482 (USA) (21 October 2011)


$150,307 (USA) (16 December 2011)

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Beautiful Visuals, Great Insight... ROTEC will not disappoint!
21 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You don't need to see "Who Killed the Electric Car" before this to enjoy "Revenge..." but the movie will be that much sweeter if you have. Where "Who Killed..." leaves you all fired up and asking what the world has come to, "Revenge..." leaves you excited and hopeful and opens your eyes to several different approaches to the future of transportation. GM's approach with the Chevy Volt seems tongue-in-cheek at first, but the twist in the movie sort of lets you see the world through their eyes and reminds you that not all big car companies are purely evil. Nissan's approach comes off more calculated, but with a lot of brains and money invested in doing it right with the Leaf. Then comes the sporty top-of-the-line Tesla, which leaves any car enthusiast drooling, and is so beautiful to look at. You get some insight into how much it takes to get a new car off the ground, and this movie really gives you the feeling that you are in the boardroom (and at home) with the big guys (and the little guys...). Last but not least, you get to see a visionary electric vehicle builder/fixer/converter extraordinaire in Reverand Gadget's Left Coast Electrics. Through all of the rollercoasters in his business and personal life, he remains dedicated to the cause and appears to be coming out on top. I won't spoil it, but the very last scene in this movie had me tearing up with joy!

This movie is truly inspiring. It is visually exciting, with great cinematography and elegant editing. Kudos to Chris Paine and all of his team who made this film happen!

Don't miss this movie when it comes to a theatre near you! And if you are trying to decide on what your next car will be, you MUST see this movie before you make that purchase!!! (or before you extend the life of your favorite old beater by converting it to electric!)

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