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Thanks to an informative, buoyant tone and the director's own restless intelligence, the film preaches to the unconverted with passion, energy and graphics so clear that they would make Al Gore weep all over his PowerPoint.
A peppy, bouncy documentary that is watchable and informative, although Tickell's celebrity name-dropping at times detracts from the serious message.
It's a slickly enjoyable production (if unfocused and bloated), and his bullet-point tips are persuasive; but dude, there are better ways to humanize these issues than crying on camera.
There's not a single (even moderately) dissenting voice in Fuel; you're either on the biodiesel bandwagon or raping the planet.
One of the refreshing traits of this action-nudging documentary is Tickell's willingness to wrestle his own biases.
Audience Reviews for Fuel
This thesis-driven documentary makes the case for biofuels as a viable replacement for oil.
On another site, I make the case that conflating our involvement with the Middle East with oil only is a myopic point of view (link at the end of the review), and this is just one of the arguments presented in Fuel that bothered me. Additionally, almost every other argument was a pathos argument that deployed the same overblown sentiment: "What about the children? We're borrowing the environment from our children." In the words of George Carlin, "Fuck the children." Even if you're not angered by the obsession with children that this film deploys, you'd have to admit that the argument loses its effectiveness after it's repeated almost every five minutes. I also wonder if people fifty years from now will look at the scene in which two people drink bio-oil the same way we look at footage of people fifty year ago drinking DDT.
Overall, there is some good information in this film, but the arguments get repetitive and tired.
This is a really good documentary facing the obvious problem of our civilization. America needs to get off of oil & pursue alternative energy namely biodiesel. America needs to invest heavily in the future & this is a fact. This film reminded me a lot of the book "The End of Oil".
As in all documentaries, this film is based on theories. Do I think that there was cover ups? Absolutely. Do I think we are dependent on oil? Absolutely. Do I think that we can improve where we are? Absolutely. I believe that this earth is renewable, maybe that's my stupidity. I also believe that the war on terrorism wasn't all about oil. Joshua Tickell has some amazing ideas however he also gave some truths. Whatsmore, he is such a fervent promoter of bio-diesel that he doesn't give us the flawed side of it. His ideas are good but as I said I believe that our earth is renewable and God did give us a brain to use it.
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