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||IMDB Rating: 7.8/10 from 5,632 votes
||Release: 12 September 2009 (Canada) /
||Director: Chris Smith,
||Stars: Michael Ruppert
||Synopsis: A documentary on Michael Ruppert, a police officer turned independent reporter who predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness.
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Whether Michael Ruppert is a madman or a prophet, I do not know. What I
do know is that all of his suppositions are based on the hardest and
most chilling of facts. You will recall your teachings on Cassandra and
the famous Cassandra Complex, whereby a person who bears valid warnings
and terrible foresight is doomed to watch it happen. They are helpless
to stop it because no one will listen to them. Meet Cassandra.
Collapse is an amazing documentary that works on several levels. We'll
start with the first: Ruppert's analysis of the world around us is
stunningly bleak. Our entire civilization is based on oil. This is
fact. All transportation requires oil in some form. All manufacturing
(and civilization as we know it) is based on energy, which is finite,
and requires some oil in some form. Building the resources to harvest
ANY energy source requires manufacturing and transportation, which
requires oil. Cultivating food requires energy to produce and
transportation to get to your grocery store or home. Even if we
discover some new energy source - algae, for example, which is not
addressed in the film - all the components needed to harvest or utilize
that energy are oil-based. Even if we invent cars without tires (which
require 8+ barrels of oil to make, PER TIRE), the plastics and metals
and components in those vehicles all require oil as either a direct
ingredient or as an indirect part of the manufacturing.
Now imagine a world without oil. See where this is going?
This film, and Ruppert, go much further than that. Oil dependency is
just the appetizer. Then we get to Peak Oil (or the Hubbert Peak). Then
an economy based on floated, imaginary, (fiat) money. And so on.
Ruppert builds his case with hysterically grim anecdotes and
considerable authenticity. It's difficult to disagree with him
precisely because he doesn't allow 'theory' or partisan/ideological
opinion to seep into the discussion. The facts are accurate. The
conclusions... are up to you.
Let's talk about the film-making itself: Chris Smith's film is shot
'bunker-style' for effect. It works. There are hardly any miscues in
the technical aspects, and the editing style is absolutely riveting and
never boring. As pure entertainment, if we can call it that, this film
will absolutely command your attention for 80 minutes. The film does
not subscribe - one way or another - to Ruppert. It just shows him as
he is and allows you to draw your own conclusions. Right or wrong,
Ruppert's quest to seek this knowledge and tell it to the world has
subtly destroyed him. Collapse works on an intensely personal level,
too. This film burns itself into the mind. It's point blank brilliant.
Others have noted a major flaw in Ruppert's arguments, including the
filmmaker himself: Ruppert does not allow for miracles or human
ingenuity in his apocalyptic scenarios. Ruppert has already decided
we've passed the point of no return and is now looking to "build the
lifeboat on the Titanic". When confronted about this directly,
Ruppert's non-answer more or less says that he won't trust his fellow
humans to think a way out of this. Ruppert has so expertly identified
the problems, but he has no answers. All his "hope" is directed at ways
to survive what's to come. Again, right or wrong, this man absolutely
believes what he's saying and is absolutely terrified. You should be,
What's the way out? Well, I personally choose to believe the first part
of Ruppert's argument and disregard the second. We are in trouble. But
I choose to have faith in my fellow man, that we can "fix the Titanic"
before it's too late. In the meantime, you must see this film. See it,
soak it in, let it shake you, and tell your friends. Draw your own
conclusions. Ruppert's role is to sound the warning. Perhaps if enough
people see this film, someone out there will figure out what to do.
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