Monday, 7 March 2011

Documentary: Collapse (2009)

A documentary everyone needs to see! Some pretty scary stuff in there, especially the Peak oil theory which I'm currently looking into to provide more information about it. In short it means we're going to run out of oil much sooner than they want us to think, and the consequences of that would be devastating for humanity as we know it.  ...Enjoy! (?)


Americans generally like to hear good news. They like to believe that a new president will right old wrongs, that clean energy will replace dirty oil and that fresh thinking will set the economy straight. American pundits tend to restrain their pessimism and hope for the best. But is anyone prepared for the worst?

Meet Michael Ruppert, a different kind of American. A former Lost Angeles police officer turned independent reporter, he predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter. From the Wilderness, at a time when most Wall Street and Washington analysts were still in denial. Director Chris Smith has shown an affinity for outsiders in films like American Movie and The Yes Men. In Collapse, he departs stylistically from his past documentaries by interviewing Ruppert in a format that recalls the work of Errol Morris and Spalding Gray.

Sitting in a room that looks like a bunker, Ruppert recounts his career as a radical thinker and spells out the crises he sees ahead. He draws upon the
same news reports and data available to any Internet user, but he applies a unique interpretation. He is especially passionate about the issue of "peak oil," the concern raised by scientists since the seventies that the world will eventually run out of fossil fuel.

While other experts debate this issue in measured tones, Ruppert doesn’t hold back at sounding an alarm, portraying an apocalyptic future. Listening to his rapid flow of opinions, the viewer is likely to question some of the rhetoric as paranoid or deluded, and to sway back and forth on what to make of the extremism. Smith lets viewers form their own judgements.


  1. Check out this TEDtalk, its quite interesting. He mostly agrees about how bad the situation is but has some interesting proposals for the future:

    "I don't think we're going to make it," John Doerr says in an emotional talk about climate change and investment. To create a world fit for his daughter to live in, he says, we need to invest now in clean, green energy.

  2. I totally disagree though with the Ethanol advantage! Brazil should stop farming for Ethanol ! Producing food for fuel is counter productive !

    I started reading now a book called Eaarth!

  3. Please tell me there is some positive ideas for the future there :P