From the acclaimed director of American Movie, this portrait of radical thinker Michael Ruppert explores his apocalyptic vision of the future, spanning the crises in economics, energy, environment and more.
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It's truly amazing how a character's persona can make or break a film. Ruppert has paranoid visions for the future that are too sensical to ignore, but beyond his grim honesty lies a vastly intriguing individual who makes what would otherwise be a long and drawn out talking head, worth the reflection and quite compelling.
George Carlin has a great bit about how all it would take to bring the world to it's knees is to take away our access to energy, and Michael Ruppert backs that theory up with some irrefutable math. Our lives revolve around a near ancient economic model based on the idea that we have infinite access to oil.
An interesting film, but a horrible use of annoying music. You can clearly see how the filmmaker wants to manipulate the emotional impact of the arguments (or better: observations) with this kind of technique. And he always wants to give more visual information than necessary. This implies he doesn't trust his witness to communicate the message.
Flawed argument, sensationalist editing. But right or wrong, Ruppert is an absolutely riveting character - could have been an actor talking from his ass and I would still have loved it. Probably for other reasons than those intended by Ruppert or the staff, but that's perfectly fine with me.
Having been a part of a group of climate activists, nothing he says was new to me. I saw a lecture by a geology professor from the university of Münster at the climate conference in Copenhagen a couple of years ago bring up all the points about peak oil that are being mentioned here. So it's good that this film has been done. But is it more than just good information? Is it a good film? No, it's not.
"I don't deal in conspiracy theory, I deal in conspiracy fact. ... We’re at the point of human history where the infinite growth paradigm collides with something that is more powerful than money is.- Michael Ruppert.
"We .. must concede the possibility that Ruppert's private obsession is some aspect of responsibility the rest of us have failed to assume." - Randal Sullivan, LA Herald Examiner, 1981.
I'm no expert so I don't know how accurate Mr. Ruppert's predictions are, but they are chillingly believable. Maybe society won't collapse. Even if it isn't though one thing's for sure, I'll be taking a more active interest in our economy.