11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
short sharp and should be watched,
This review is from: Collapse [DVD] (DVD)
I agree with most of what the other reviewers have to say. I must say I was expecting some kind of drivilling crackpot to be expounding some apocalyptic story of armageddon but was happily dissuaded of this view by what I saw on the dvd 'collapse'. The mainstream media appears to move like a herd and there appears to be less and less investigative journalism about asking different questions or sometimes the questions that people deliberately avoid so my curiousity was alerted when I came across this documentary. At 82 minutes its about the right amount of time to give to the topic of peak oil and 'the end of civilization as we know it' in a documentary. There are some extras which are worth a look. A short follow up report made a year after the film was released and 15 minutes or so of deleted scenes which are not as cringe inducing as some can be. The speaker who becomes somewhat the subject of the documentary at times, is fairly well practiced in organising arguments, public speaking and talking to issues of consequence through work as a freelance journalist, campaigner and public speaker so its not amateurish. The film is largely a interview in what looks like somebody's poorly lit windowless basement but there are regular cut aways to stock footage to such things as oil workers or rioting people on city streets to illustrate in a thousand words in a few seconds what is being talked about in the overall sweep of argument and discussion. The interview is fairly convivial, the interviewer pokes about a bit like I said making the interviewee the subject in pretty much the way alot of journalists do. And there is no irony that this is basically one journalist interviewing another journalist however far out their views might be, this is pretty regular kind of info nourishment provided on evening news everywhere, though it lasts a lot longer. The interview is broken up into sections each with a subheading printed on screen so if one answer proves boring or irrelevant to the viewer or gets exhausted; pretty soon a new topic or aspect of the subject is moved on to. I thought this a worthwhile watch and was happy enough to watch it through over a beer. As to my own views, I think sustainability is common sense and a good look at policies for 50 or 100 years down the road are only fair to future generations. As to whether current events portend a 'collapse' that remains to be seen though but as I write the Greek parliament are voting on austerity measures while many Greeks riot in the streets outside, in a decision that has far wider ramifications than just for the sun-kissed Hellenic state and population.