This is a painstaking documentary about the frighteningly central role of oil in our lives. Made by two Swiss directors, one (Gelpke) with a background in anthropology, economics, war reporting, and science films, and the other (McCormack) who holds an honors degree in Environmental Policy and Management.
These two men make a documentary that manages to look at both sides of our oil needs and industry while not knocking our addictive behavior towards gasoline.
The film relies on interviews with notable academics, experts and advisors from across the political, corporate and economic spectrum. It has seems like there's no discernible political axe to grind - which makes it all the harder to ignore it's hard to ignore.
The focus of this all is our crude oil dependency, the manner in which access to oil is driving U.S foreign policy, the ubiquitous nature of oil in modern society, the lack of efficient alternatives to petroleum, and the concept of Peak Oil: that once world oil output reaches its maximum peak, recovery will plateau and then begin a permanent decline. Once this decline commences, all hell will break loose with the world economy. Depending on the experts, this decline could already be under way or it could be 20 years away, but it is generally accepted that it is on the horizon.
If you liked "An Inconvenient Truth", you'll be enthralled by this film.