A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash


A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash

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Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack's nonfiction treatise Crude Awakening joins Maxed Out, An Inconvenient Truth, and other recent documentaries devoted to unearthing and exploring forces that are untying the connective threads of contemporary society. The subject at hand is crude oil - specifically, the depletion of petroleum from the Earth, in an era when consumption threatens to exceed supply. The overtone of the film is speculative but admonitory; Gelpke and McCormack suggest that if western society fails to reinvent itself altogether (via such innovations as hydrogen-powered autos, and a decreased reliance on fiscally unsound Middle Eastern nations), economic cataclysm is not simply likely but inevitable. To underscore this point, the filmmakers contrast obscenely naïve shorts from the 1950s that promise depthless oil supplies, with contemporary warnings from geologists who suggest that the bottom of the well is close at hand. McCormack and Gelpke also interview such subjects as former OPEC secretary general Fadhil Chalabi and Bush advisor Roger E. Ebel.


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  • Oct 15, 2009
    If you haven't figured out that this is going on yet, not only are you not awake, you're dead.
    Steve S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2009
    Here's another good muckraking documentary that reveals some information that the so called "news" does not.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2008
    a look at the oil crises hitting the world as we speak, we see the future is bleak, as we really depend on oil, for every day life, a look back to the pioneer days, and signs that the times were changng, a interesting look at the politics and thinking, of todays politicians, oil men and various pfoffessors
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2007
    Scary stuff that everyone should see. We as a race have to smarten up. "oil is the excrement of the devil". They should show this in schools along with 'An Inconvenient Truth'.
    Wu C Super Reviewer

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