It’s been more than a decade since Al Gore gave audiences a 90-minute wake-up call about climate change with An Inconvenient Truth. Now, the environmental warrior is back at it again with An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.
The documentary hits theatres July 28, but the trailer just dropped and it basically looks like a real-life horror flick. If Jake Gyllenhaal manages to make an appearance, they might as well rename this: The Day After Tomorrow IRL.
If you simply cannot handle watching a two-and-half-minute summary about how were effing up our planet, here are the key things to know about An Inconvenient Sequel’s trailer:
It’s basically Gore’s “I told you so!” moment
While Gore doesn’t straight up say it, watching the trailer, we can pretty much hear him yelling “SEE, I WAS RIGHT!” After An Inconvenient Truth came out, it was immediately hit with a tidal wave of criticism, deconstructing the film’s predictions. From the sequel’s trailer, it looks like Gore is going to respond directly to critics, starting with those who doubted his prediction that the combination of storm surges and rising water levels would flood the 9/11 memorial site. Cut to shots from 2012’s Hurricane Sandy and news reports of Ground Zero under water.
The cinematography is unbelievable and horrifying
Climate change isn’t the only thing that has advanced in the last decade—so has camera equipment. From stunning shots of angry AF storms to aerial images of forest fires and disappearing Arctic ice, get ready to see Earth’s demise in HD.
Justin Trudeau makes an appearance
JT has repeatedly promised to take action to curb climate change—specifically with a carbon tax—so it’s no surprise that he pops up in the doc. Scroll to 1:06 to catch a glimpse of Canada’s PM shaking hands with Gore.
Gore is taking on Trump
“It’s supposed to be 70 degrees today, it’s freezing here,” says Donald Trump at a rally in the opening scene for the trailer. “Speaking of global warming, we need some global warming! It’s freezing.” Trump has been outspoken about his climate change skepticism and now, as president, is putting those words into action. Immediately after his election, Trump changed the White House’s info page on climate change with a page entitled “An America First Energy Plan.” This week, he signed an executive order undoing Obama’s clean energy initiatives that helped cut carbon emissions.
There’s still hope
Watching the trailer, with the burning forests, flooding cities and ominous storm clouds rolling in, it’s easy to feel like the end-of-days is upon us and there is nothing we can do about it—but Gore counters that with his final call to action. “Don’t let anybody tell you that we’re going to get on rocket ships and live on Mars. This is our home.”
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