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Collapse (2009/FilmBuff/MPI DVD)

 

Picture: C+    Sound: C+     Extras: B-     Documentary: B

 

 

Peak Oil is a term that the extracting of oil worldwide has passed the halfway mark and form there, it will only become more expensive and hard to get.  It is not only the world’s primary fuel (whose waste does cause global warming), but many are warning that bad timers are ahead because this is the petroleum age and all the success of the industrialized nations depend on it.  Chris Smith has had a mixed directing record, but Collapse (2009) may be his best work to date.

 

The film primarily is the testimony of Michael Ruppert, an author, writer, former law official and now theorist of how the implosion of the world as we know it is coming soon, but he actually has theories and evidence of this.  For nearly 90 minutes, he thoroughly explains his position, including the implications of 9/11, bad energy policy, the world economy as a practical pyramid scheme and that he expects the end of our world as we know it will arrived by the end of Summer 2010.  That last one is the big one, but his track record is impressive and interesting enough that he and his challenging ideas should be heard.

 

Even with an update in the extra that shows some of what he said did come true, it was still not recent enough to factor in the BP Gulf Coast disaster, but it is an interesting piece of discussion.  No, I do not agree with everything he said and some points could be debated, including one grim prediction that may be too optimistic!

 

However, it is not just exploitive, shallow speculation and I was fascinated by it.  In addition, it makes you think about issues that the mainstream media is not addressing enough unless confronted by the worst possible events, like the BP/Halliburton Gulf Coast catastrophe.  It is also part of a cycle of documentaries about oil and the future of the world, but it is different in having a wider view than many of the others, which have also turned out to be solid works.  Collapse is worth a serious viewing.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is mostly the HD-shot interview footage, but you do get some older film and analog video footage at times, making this typical HD documentary playback.  There is also some softness and motion blur in the new footage.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is just fine for what is a non-stop interview format with music and some occasional audio clips.  Extras include a trailer, Deleted Scenes that could have stayed in the film and a Collapse Update.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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