Pandora's Promise 2.0 stars

Pro-nuke propaganda it may be, but at least it's straightforward about it. (As opposed to, say, pro-solar propaganda from an oil industry that knows solar poses no real threat to market share.) Plus, it's smart about its presentation, employing as it does a slew of environmentalists who have converted — not away from environmentalism, but toward the idea that nuclear energy is the environment's best option. Hopefully, this approach makes it less of a sermon and more of a conversation starter. The approach is methodical and sober — one objection and/or benefit at a time, with a minimum of doomsday predictions and a fair number of points granted to the opposition. Best of all, the film gradually moves away from talking heads and toward memorable images: becalmed wind turbines, a dense web of power lines forming a canopy over a Brazilian alleyway. Dammit, Scotty, we need more power! 2013.

Matthew Lickona

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