Who Killed the Electric Car?
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Filmmaker Chris Payne explores the many factors that played into the ultimate failure of the electric car to catch on with consumers, even as gas prices began to skyrocket, in a thoughtful meditation on the increasingly important role that renewable energy plays in modern society. Introduced as a means of providing an alternative to increasing oil consumption and reducing pollution in 1996, the electric car was an all-but-forgotten memory only a decade later -- but why? Through interviews with consumer advocacy experts, automotive industry experts, and oil industry heavyweights, Payne paints a… More
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"Another few of these squandered opportunities for art-house muckraking and we'll need someone to ask who killed the left-wing documentary."
‑ Rob Nelson, Village Voice
"It's liable to get people hopping mad, whether or not they buy Paine's overarching conspiracy theory."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"The film shows how politicians on both sides of the isle conspired with oil companies and car manufacturers to rob our ecology of one of its most promising assets."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"It goes far beyond electric cars to illustrate how big business controls government actions and policies at all levels with damaging results."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"On the other hand, the activists are a little twee to deliver any serious drama"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Chris Paine's documentary about General Motors' development and withdrawal of the innovative, environment-friendly EV1 automobile is bound to reverberate with anyone who's fallen in love with a product only to see it irrevocably yanked from the market."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"... an entertaining but sometimes disingenuous documentary ..."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Transcends its own awful construction by being a documentary, further supporting the idea that docs needn't be well made to be worthwhile."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Cinematical
"This rich and absorbing documentary also functions as mystery and exposé."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Piercingly demonstrates how technological advancement occurs only when it aligns with monied interests, and argues persuasively for the idea that we all deserve better."
‑ Brent Simon, Now Playing Magazine
"Filmmaker Chris Paine's postmortem on the EV1s doesn't answer all our questions, but it is reasonably evenhanded and quite entertaining."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"An entertaining if slightly skewed documentary about the short life and early death of General Motors' EV1."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Given the shortsighted shenanigans engaged in by these corporate-oriented politicians and greedy captains of industry, is it any wonder that we'd end up mired in the Middle East to ensure the flow of oil? Who killed the electric car? The usual suspects."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"In the interest of understanding how your government and big business work (and work together against the consumer's interest), you owe it to yourself to see this film."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Where too many politically minded films seem to exist only to confirm what the audience already believes, it's a thrill to sit in a theater and learn something new and so, so infuriating."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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