“Not Evil Just Wrong
,” the new documentary debunking much of the global warming movement, is reaching the public at an opportune time. Not only did the film’s director, Phelim McAleer, just publicly embarrass former Vice President Al Gore
at a global warming Q&A, but major news outlets are now revealing the earth’s temperature hasn’t gone up for at least a decade.
Yet, “Not Evil Just Wrong” still won’t get the attention of your average Michael Moore polemic. That’s a shame, since it’s far more balanced than Moore’s body of work and offers a message few mainstream documentaries are willing to touch.
What if global warming is just another wide-scale scare tactic, like Y2K, the killer bees or mad cow disease, but with far more devastating results? These questions are rarely asked in the press, so kudos to “Not Evil” for doing so in such a methodical fashion. The film isn’t as entertaining as a Moore screen rant, but it still looks snazzy while imparting a raft of enlightening material.
Naturally, the film presses its thumb on the scale to favor the skeptics, but the global warming believers here add both texture and perspective. “We live in an age of fear, but humans have never lived longer or been healthier,“ the narrator says.
The film then trots out a wealth of experts to address the global warming movement and its flaws, but none are more passionate than Patrick Moore, a founding member of Greenpeace. He’s aghast at the direction the environmental movement has taken in recent years, and thinks too many of his peers take an “anti-human” approach to the matter. “They care more about fish eggs than humans, and there’s something immoral about that,” he says of some enviro-peers.
“Not Evil” spends too much time addressing, and debunking, the case against DDT as a weapon against malaria. Yes, demonizing DDT had disastrous consequences and there's plenty to be learned from this chapter in environmental history. But focusing so long on the matter blunts the overall theme.
Some film polemics pluck at our heartstrings without shame, and while “Not Evil” shows a lower middle class family to showcase the results of potential green legislation, it also subverts the genre’s touchy feely clichés.
The film shows school children in Northern Ireland who sketch frightening drawings inspired by Gore’s fear mongering. Given the recent news headlines concerning brainwashed kiddies singing odes to President Barack Obama, the sequence proves even more chilling than intended.
The documentary could have gone the Moore route, blasting away at its opponents while overstating its case with fast edits and slippery truths. But McAleer meticulously states its arguments, sometimes to the film’s detriment.
Take the movie’s debunking of the “hockey stick” graph used to highlight one the global warming movement’s key talking points. We’re walked through the entire process, learning step by step how two curious men were able to puncture the stick myth once and for all. The film also deftly illustrates the "Kumbaya" mentality so prevalent amongst environmentalists. One do-gooder wonders what Uganda would be like without birds, which she fears would be the result if DDT were introduced into the country.
“Can you imagine Elton John with no piano?” the environmentalist asks. We’d rather imagine an African country fighting back against a killer disease.
“Not Evil Just Wrong” may not be as flashy as "Sicko" or as easily digested as "Super Size Me," but it could open up viewers’ eyes to some inconvenient facts about the global warming debate.