Collapse – The Movie Review

Written by John Lorince. Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Movie Reviews

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Published on March 25, 2011 with 1 Comment

My latest review comes from a viewing on Netflix just the other day called Collapse. Wonderful thing about today’s technology is that you can watch a movie right away with the advent of digital downloads from companies like Netflix, Amazon, and I am sure there are a few others stepping into this market soon.
Collapse is a well documented, professional film that presented the topic of peak oil that is so widely discussed. Director Chris Smith is known for taking on topics of world news debate, and in this piece he has Michael Ruppert as a prime witness to what many call the collapse of society as we know it.
From the documentary I did feel as though Mr. Ruppert is a competent resourceful figure head on the topic of peak oil. Mr. Ruppert is also known for his whistle blowing on the department of Drug Enforcement (DEA), in which he stated the DEA is the leading drug dealer to the streets of the world in his well known From the Wilderness Newsletter.
Mr. Ruppert is interviewed throughout Collapse to give up his information on peak oil along with the crafty camera movements by the production team. I must say that the style of the movie makes this movie easily watchable from an aesthetic viewpoint especially since it is mostly shot from one room. Coupled with the fact that Michael Ruppert has a genuine style of story telling or documenting a topic that keeps you interested whether your a supporter of peak oil or have other thoughts on the issue.
Michael goes on to discuss how to fix the issue of peak oil, leading into the idea that people must simply change their own perspective on living for the World to rise up from the oil demise. Michael believes that we must live more sustainable by :

    Living Off the Land
    Lending Value to Community Living
    Using Organic Seeds


Michael Ruppert had been writing on the internal collapse for most of his journalistic career, however from the movie I had learned that Michael does not write on these topics anymore, these days he just tries to find happiness in daily life by enjoying his family and friends. Michael does give an interesting performance throughout this film as he must have smoked nearly a carton of cigarettes during the interview, giving the cold hard facts on peak oil.
From my perspective, Michael has been a whistle blower type of journalist most of his career after the DEA stint, and he now has the largest forum to speak in with this well done documentary on peak oil. Now it just seems he will live happily from this point on with good enough residuals from this film hopefully for his sake. However if does not let go of the cigarettes, he may not live long enough to see new energy ideas take place in the not so distant future. Good luck Michael, I am pulling for you!
If your unfamiliar with the topic of peak oil then this movie will certainly bring you up to speed on one of today’s most pressing issues facing decision makers.



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John Lorince heads Capture Motion Media based out of Cleveland, Ohio. He has written, directed and edited numerous music videos, live concerts, company profiles, commercials and a full length Pilates & Yoga DVD. John enjoys teaching with online tutorials the skills he has acquired in digital media production. He now has aspirations of writing and producing his first full length feature in 2012.

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