A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash


A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2007)



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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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Critic Reviews for A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

You leave a viewing with a sense of utter defeat. I can envision a future DVD special edition that comes with a razor blade, to facilitate wrist slashing.

Mar 9, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The facts in this documentary are astoundingly sobering, and yet society continues to keep its head buried in the sand. By avoiding any political slant, the filmmakers forcefully get the message across.

Nov 9, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

All sorts of experts testify with some conviction, but the film's jerky structure and lack of complexity don't help.

Nov 9, 2007 | Rating: 2/5

A horribly enlightening documentary.

Nov 9, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

An informative and unashamedly apocalyptic documentary about the world's obsession with oil that makes An Inconvenient Truth look positively chipper.

Nov 9, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A compelling documentary, wrought with a dry rationalism and presenting the horrifying case of the stuff that's both "the bloodstream of the world economy" and "the excrement of the devil".

Nov 9, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash

If you haven't figured out that this is going on yet, not only are you not awake, you're dead.

Steve Strange
Steve Strange

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Leo L
Leo L

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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 Chouin
Wu Chouin

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