Cool It (PG) (87 min.) — If nothing else, Dutch scientist Bjorn Lomberg comes across on screen with a more affable personality than Al Gore while lecturing on the perils of climate change. He's a hands-on guy, trotting to crisis points around the world rather than sticking to PowerPoint lectures. Lomberg shares Gore's idea that something must be done but sticking in the craws of eco-activists is his belief that the issue isn't as pressing as a Nobel Prize winner wants us to think.
The premises of An Inconvenient Truth provide a template for much of Ondi Timoner's documentary, as Lomberg addresses Gore's claims one by one. It's a dogmatic process at times making Cool It just as taxing for attention spans. Lomberg presents his evidence with all the clarity that catchy animation and streams of statistics offers. It seems at the conclusion that the two activists aren't far apart in their thinking, which raises the question of this movie's necessity.
Focusing upon creating alternative energy sources — wind, water, even algae — and a laundry list of problems caused by climate change, Cool It is no more a game-changer than An Inconvenient Truth was. It will mightily preach to the choirs of concerned citizens, and be ignored by anyone else. B (Woodlands 20 in Oldsmar)
Steve Persall, Times film critic