A methodical, occasionally remedial survey of the energy crisis and its possible solutions, Switch fits a subject often treated polemically into a more benign, continuing education mold. It’s the less excitable and therefore ultimately more persuasive sibling to Ondi Timoner’s 2010 Cool It. Geologist Scott Tinker plays our conduit, searching the world for answers to a problem that the Asian economic boom will compound several times over. Sensible suggestions involving electric cars and home insulation are made, but Switch focuses more on meeting demand than cutting it. And why not: All those electric cars will still need (largely coal-fueled) electricity. Scott’s journeys to places like Iceland to check out geothermal and Denmark to look into wind generally end with an “unfortunately” followed by a “hopefully”—with the exception of nuclear, the most elegant solutions aren’t feasible on a larger scale. Lynch is thorough and has sought out an impressive array of key point people; a clearheaded presentation of the facts builds to a PowerPoint finale. Switch was created as part of the Switch Energy Project, a multi-platform effort the press notes indicate also comprises "a primary school energy education program." No disrespect and certainly no discredit, but that sounds about right.
Get the Film Club Newsletter
Stay up to date on the best new movies with our critics' latest reviews, interviews and trailers for the films coming to a theater near you each week.
More Film News
- Netflix’s 'Narcos' Tries to Be 'The Wire' for Colombia’s Drug War
- ‘The Second Mother’ Offers a Sharp Brazilian Take on the Upstairs/Downstairs Drama
- The Predictability of Teary Kids Doc 'My Voice, My Life' Doesn't Make It Any Less Powerful
- The Subject of 'Butterfly Girl' Pushes Herself to Take Chances Despite the Pain