Collapse (2009)



Critic Consensus: 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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Michael Ruppert is an independent journalist who has made a minor career out of telling people news that most folks do not want to know. Ruppert, a former police officer, predicted the Wall Street debacle of 2008 several years before the fact, at a time when most analysts were still imagining infinite growth for the stock market and major investment banks. Since then, his vision of the world's future has grown only darker. As Ruppert sees it, civilization and the global economy has yet to wean itself off fossil fuels, and when the world's supply of oil finally runs out, it will lead to a global financial catastrophe that will leave no one unscathed. But while most of what Ruppert has to say bears the ring of truth, there's a small audience for his dire message -- the primary medium for his work is a self-published newsletter, and his most recent book has done so poorly in the marketplace that he faces eviction from his home. Is Ruppert right? And if he is, why doesn't anyone care? Filmmaker Chris Smith profiles Michael Ruppert and gives him a chance to explain his apocalyptic vision of the future at length in the documentary Collapse, which was an official selection at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.
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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (13)

Ruppert unexpectedly breaks down, weeping openly for the lost future of humanity, and at that moment I was startled at how bad I felt for him -- and how nervous I was, suddenly, that this contemporary Cassandra might just be right.

Full Review… | December 10, 2009
Washington Post
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It's only when he starts to weep for the future of a population that won't heed his warnings that Ruppert shows his humanity. It's made him abandon his cause and quit writing.

Full Review… | December 10, 2009
Toronto Star
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There is controversy over Ruppert, and he has many critics. But one simple fact at the center of his argument is obviously true, and it terrifies me.

Full Review… | December 9, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
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Collapse will leave you shaken about the future of the planet, and saddened about the shattered life of the messenger.

Full Review… | December 3, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
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Collapse" is a grueling peek at a doomsday prophet's rigorous mind but in a sly way also a compassionate look at the strain Ruppert endures from knowing he has only ever been right.

Full Review… | November 13, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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It would have been helpful had Smith put his words into some sort of context, allowing others to assess his theories. Instead there's simply Ruppert, talking, raging and warning, as if his very life depended on it.

Full Review… | November 6, 2009
New York Daily News
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Audience Reviews for Collapse


A grim and thought-provoking must-see documentary that leaves us both terrified by the doomed future that Michael Ruppert foresees and saddened by the shattered life of a man who has tried his whole life to warn people of something he knows he is right about.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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 Anderson
Gordon Anderson

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The best doco to chain smoke too EVER!

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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