A Crude Awakening: the Oil Crash [DVD]
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A shocking wake-up call that is set to do for energy what Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth' did for the environment, 'A Crude Awakening' is a compelling, intelligent and urgent warning that the age of abundant oil is over. Featuring testimonies from the world's top experts, this startling documentary reaches an ominous yet logical conclusion the Earth's oil supplies are peaking and a crisis of global proportions looms. Even more alarmingly, industrial societies don't have any plans how to deal with the shortage, threatening the future of our post-industrialised fossil fuel-addicted civilization with disaster.
This year's 'Inconvenient Truth' --The Guardian Guide
Slick, striking and sobering --Empire
One of the most important films in years. An absolute must see. --Attitude
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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.
The real problem is that the greedy (George Bush et al) have not planned or invested in the future and have grown rich on plundering oil stocks knowing there is nothing to replace it. There is no suitable replacement for oil and, although it's possible that a fully working hydrogen cell will be developed in the near future, it appears unlikely to happen before oil runs dry.
As I said, thought provoking. But will George and his good buddies watch it?
We have now let the opportunity to take adaptive measures against the effects of peak oil pass us by. Now the results are all around us. Some are spending a large part of their income on transport. Food prices are rising as more of the corn crop is used for biofuel. And the West is in the midst of a recession, with all the governments efforts at promoting more growth just not working.
This film consists of the speech taken from a number of interviews with oil experts, spliced together and shown with a large amount of entirely needless stock footage of cars buzzing around, robots doing things, etc. There are intercuts with those actually being interviewed. Ironically, all the interviews used are provided as extras in the DVD so you can skip the main film and get it from the horse's mouth. I recommend you do exactly this because you get more information more usefully presented and -- why I consider this not to be documentary -- you get it unfiltered. In the main film you are shown selected extracts from an interview with former OPEC Secretary-General Fadhil Chalabi, and those extracts suggest he has a rather different view of the matter then he actually does, as you realise when you watch the full and unedited interview. He really doesn't believe we are short of oil, and it was dishonest of the filmmakers not to make this clear.
Curiously there is almost no mention of environmental impact, and it really doesn't tell you very much that couldn't be presented better, and quicker.
It's not very good, and it's certainly no Inconvenient Truth. Considering the mess we're in, that's a huge failing.
It is a perfect complement to films such as 'The Age of Stupid', 'An Inconvenient Truth' and others pointing out the way that the squandering of cheap fossil fuel has contributed to unsustainable population rise, loss of biodiversity and progress towards irreversible climate change.
Presentation is hard hitting but not sensational and given by people with a lifetime's experience of the industry.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First I have NOT seen the movie. I drive a Leaf all electric vehicle, and the faster oil runs out the fast the world will stop burning fossil fuels polluting our world. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Lilia's CO2 sales
Watched this several years ago now and oil seems to be getting cheaper despite this film's prediction.Published 21 months ago by CavMan
A film everybody should watch we are running out of OIL and it is non renewable I repeat when it is GONE it is GONE their is nothing to replace it with. Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2009 by quebee
had very high hopes for this, but in all honesty it was a little dull. The world is dying (that seems to me to be a fact) and oil is both good and bad. Read morePublished on 24 July 2009 by M. Sear