|NEW YORK PUBLICIST
Betsy Rudnick, Vice President
|LOS ANGELES PUBLICIST
Elisabeth Greenbaum Kasson
More Praise for
Revenge of the Electric Car
"'Revenge' is that rare artifact, a snapshot of a major industry shift on its way to a tipping point... a slick, enjoyable valentine to a retooling industry."
DANIEL GOLD, NEW YORK TIMES (CRITICS' PICK)
"A entertaining roller coaster ride... well shot and sharply paced (with) genuine human drama. Wall Street might want to take notice of how quickly tides can change."
MINDY FARBEE, LOS ANGELES TIMES
"Sleekly designed with excellent mileage, 'Revenge' is a balm for beaten down times. A conversion narrative in several deftly interlocking parts, 'Revenge' tells the story of that rare moment when the bottom line finally dovetails with the greater good"
MICHELLE ORANGE, VILLAGE VOICE
"Slick and beautifully photographed... a must-see movie for anyone interested in cars."
CHRIS WOODYARD, USA TODAY
"Fascinating and highly entertaining-- with an irresistible cast of characters... 'Revenge' is almost like Paine's first film turned upside down, and unprecedented access to the inner workings of GM, Nissan, and Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors."
ANDREW O'HEHIR, SALON
"If Revenge is sweet, Chris Paine should be on a sugar high … 'Revenge' lovingly chronicles the return of electric cars. It profiles four EV visionaries, each navigating separate paths which they hope will lead to production and ultimately profit. Their stories are skillfully woven together, each presented in their own voice."
SCOTT SHULMAN, ABC NEWS
"If you liked 'Who Killed the Electric Car?' you’ll love this … it’s everything the first one was, but better: it’s better filmed, there’s more behind the scenes access to key players, the main protagonists are very interesting … Go see this movie!"
MICHAEL GRAHAM RICHARD, TREEHUGGER.COM
"An engaging and dramatic story that transcends the debate about melting ice caps, at risk polar bears, vanishing South Sea islands and pending planetary devastation as it revs up the audience with its high-powered cast of characters all racing to invent the future."
MICHAEL ROSE, HUFFINGTON POST
"The strength of 'Revenge' lies in its storytelling. The film’s multithreaded, character-driven narrative humanizes corporate entities that (Paine) once portrayed as monolithic, making a complex business story more gripping for its intimacy … The stakes are staggeringly high. We get the idea that building electric cars isn’t merely an act of political or social significance, it’s a brutally risky endeavor demanding superhuman devotion."
MIKE SPINELLI, JALOPNIK
"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
"A fascinating and revealing portrait of an industry at a crossroads of failure and progress ... an exceptional re-direction of the director's tone and interests ... I’m impressed with and excited at how much Chris Paine has improved as a filmmaker and delighted that he takes us to a whole new place with his follow-up film "
CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL, SPOUT.COM
“An impressive feat ... Paine should receive a pat on the back for juggling the distinct narratives of four men. It’s as much a story of business cunning and technological innovation as it’s the story of plastic on four wheels.”
PAUL HIEBERT, THE DAILY
"Irresistible ... a fleet and captivating documentary. Paine gets remarkable access to his subjects. Revenge of the Electric Car
is less polemic than an exploration of triumph over adversity-- yes, even when three of the four main subjects are billionaires. That's how convincing a movie this is."
KATEY RICH, CINEMA BLEND
"Generates real suspense and real stakes ... Paine's new film is less about full-throated advocacy and more about good, solid documentary storytelling. The three men that become the focus of his film -- GM's Bob Lutz, Tesla's Elon Musk and Nissan's smart and confident CEO, Carlos Ghosn -- are unique and fascinating individuals."
JASON BAILEY, DVDTALK
“Revenge” is sweet, eco-friendly payback. Director Chris Paine skillfully follows all the players (and) presents a fair and balanced portrayal of each man. While ‘Who Killed the Electric Car ?’ felt like the final nail in the zero-emissions coffin, ‘Revenge’ offers some hope of a greener future”
STEVEN BRYAN, YAHOO MOVIES
“A fascinating and in-depth visual car lecture for both the environmental skeptics and lovers ... P.S. The opening credit sequence is really cool – so make sure you’re not late !”
ALEX DI GIOVANNA, MOVIEBUZZERS.COM
“An engaging look at the progress electric cars have made over the last few years and the unlikely corporate leaders that are pushing EVs into the mainstream”
BRIAN MERCHANT, TREEHUGGER.COM
"The film roars onto the screen with a confidence that is equal parts informative recap and juicy palace intrigue ... “Revenge” is a fantastic and eye-opening primer for anyone who ever wondered why change never seems to come fast enough."
D. INDALECIO GUZMAN, CINESPECT
"Another excellent look at the industry, a rabble-rousing but informative — and hopeful — look at how we’re finding a way
around what once seemed an intractable problem"
RANDEE DAWN, MOVING PICTURES
"Brilliant ... Revenge is the inspiring story of titans racing to get their electric car out first. One of the most interesting and entertaining documentaries I have ever seen. We don’t rate our movies with thumbs on this site, but both my thumbs here
are way way up !"
MATT ROSENBERG, THE MOVIE BANTER
“Informative and engaging ... ‘Revenge’ is probably the most favorable depiction of corporate and entrepreneurial America seen in a documentary since who knows when ? As a result, Paine will probably spread the electric car gospel to previously unreceptive audiences ... The open-minded fairness Paine brings to bear on an industry he formerly excoriated is quite remarkable.”
JOE BENDEL, LIBERTAS FILM MAGAZINE