‘Carbon Nation’ offers odd, upbeat take on global warming
Piecing together a patchwork in which resourceful rustics and high-rise sophisticates alike take action to create clean energy, “Carbon Nation” might be the most upbeat documentary ever to navigate the generally bleak terrain of global warming.
But while this is a friendly little film that radiates worthy intentions and should prove useful to young folks, it isn’t enlightening or inspiring enough to turn skeptics into warriors.
And it won’t captivate viewers who are versed in hot-times issues or familiar with previous documentaries about the subject.
Delivering information over artistry, and combining hurried digital-age pacing with Reddy Kilowatt-era design styles, director and co-writer Peter Byck (“Garbage”) covers some of the same subjects that were addressed in “An Inconvenient Truth” and “Cool It,” while limiting the gloom largely to the setup passage and focusing almost entirely on solutions.