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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
Well great, there goes me having a good nights sleep for about a year. Fantastic little documentary, chilling in its implications and outright predictions. Yet, if people are brave enough to face the challenges this film outlines and see them not as the end of the world, but the beginning of a new one I found the end of the film strangely hopeful in some ways.
Ruppert uses the 'reverse scientific method'. He determines what happened, throws out all the data that doesn't fit his conclusion, and then hails his findings as the only possible conclusion. I liked the film, but Ruppert's theories are just a drop in the bucket of predictions being made about our world's uncertain future. There isn't a single event in history that a human being can't find ambiguity in. 3 stars.
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.