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Collapse can't prove its subject's theories, but it poses too many terrifyingly sobering questions to turn away from or ignore.

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Independent American reporter Michael Ruppert is the subject of this documentary, which looks at how the ex-police officer managed to predict the massive Wall Street crash of 2008 years before it happened. The film delves into what led Ruppert to foresee the financial crisis, as well as his grim worldview, which envisions more economic disasters. The production also sheds light on Ruppert's own personal woes, which appear to be closely linked to his status as the bearer of bad news.

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  • Dec 29, 2012
    I watched the documentary Collapse today, and I'm still not sure what to make of this little beast. Michael Ruppert, is the only man of the documentary, which was pretty much just a self driven multi-media interview. Ruppert claims to not be a conspirator, because he uses fact. But it feels like he's so obsessed and paranoid, that he convinces himself of these facts. He talked about the Bush administration and Dick Cheney with such fear, that it's convincing. He states in one point of the film that "he's not messiah", but he sure acted like a prophet at times. Smoking a cigarette while talking about organics and the chemicals in soil, feels a bit contradictory to me. The words flowed out with such confidence and with an egotistic tone, it became hard to believe a word he said. His ideas did match mine in some areas. When he was talking as a Malthusian, on oil and other natural resources, it was hard connect for me. It was to pessimistic when he would flat out state "it just will never work" on many of the solutions. I agree with the fundamentals, but to say buy seeds, invest in gold, get first aid books, sounds like a mix of Harold Camping and Glenn Beck to me. I did agree with him though on the sham that paper money is. Maybe some of what he says was true, but to think like he does, that every last thing he said was true, then we have a cult. The 100th monkey never came to create one though, and it's for the best. Even with my displeasure these were fascinating ideas. I always intrigued, and even if you're nowhere a Cassandra, it'll make you think. The Titanic philosophy did touch me on a personal point, mainly because I'd be the one saying "it won't sink". It was always watchable and always strong. No one's gonna meet with the guys ideas on everything, most won't like him, but most will listen. It might've been random rambling, it might've been true studies and statistics. There's a cover up, there always has been, but we're still here. In a hundred years the atrocity of the Clinton, Bush, and Obama years will be released. Just like it was for Ulysses S. Grant and Harding. Corruption is there, oil is a problem, revolts may take place, but is it how Ruppert says it is? No.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2011
    For a documentary, this is very good. Very informative and pretty interesting. Normally I don't like documentaries but this one really got my attention.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2011
    In the documentary monologue "Collapse," Michael Ruppert comes off as an eloquent and intelligent speaker(I also seem to remember him from the documentary "The End of Suburbia" where he also talked about peak oil.), delivering a serious warning about the critical state of natural resources. That, along with the economic collapse of 2008 that he predicted, leads him to predict a grave future for humanity in which not only oil will be depleted but also the infrastructure being abandoned for lack of funds. Of course, you should not believe everything you hear. To start, the economy works in cycles and can be managed in much the same way that a person suffering from bi-polar disorder can be. Despite his impressive credentials, I should point out that Ruppert tends to get obsessed with subjects like oil and the CIA selling drugs.(That reminds me, I just read an article in the New Yorker about new oil fields in North Dakota.) I'm not going to downplay the importance of oil but it is not the cause of the population explosion(which Thomas Malthus(1766-1934) predicted long before the advent of the internal combustion engine) nor the reason for the invasion of Iraq which would not have happened without 9/11. In reality, world events tend to be more random than anything and nothing proves this more than terrorism. Speaking of random events, he also claims many deaths as suspicious without proof. Sometimes a heart attack is just a heart attack.(If you want to read how to debunk a conspiracy, read "Case Closed" by Gerald Posner.) And hey Ruppert is still breathing and chain smoking.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 13, 2011
    Compelling compilation of all your fears for humankind's future. Generally accurate if a little dismissive of humans' ability to solve the problems we face given our track record. Drives home our need for energy sources which actually provide energy without actually contributing further to the energy demand. A sobering but necessary polemic.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer

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