Directed by Chris Smith, who directed the hilarious documentary American Movie, a film so funny I half expected it to be a hoax, turns his attention a radical 180 degrees and instead gives us 82 minutes in the company of a former Los Angeles Police Department detective turned investigative journalist, in Collapse.
Collapse is a penetrating character study of Michael Ruppert, an enigmatic man who advocates fiercely that industrialised civilisation is at a tipping point because global energy supplies - essentially oil - have peaked. Western society is in such a precarious position, Ruppert argues because money has no power without energy and (easily available) energy has crossed the Rubicon into an inexorable downward slope. As a consequence, the world faces financial turmoil and civic unrest.
Not entirely without criticism (Ruppert occasionally comes across as a little unstable and erratic, prone to hyperbole), this documentary gives the viewer a chance to get familiar with uncomfortable topics that get scant column inches in the mainstream mass media.
This "intellectual horror movie" (according to Variety) is sure to leave an impression on all who watch it, whether you agree with Ruppert's analysis or not. Collapse is a valuable piece of filmmaking and deserves as wide an audience as possible.