Last Call at the Oasis Reviews
The first 20 minutes creates an adequate, cohesive thread introducing two water depletion issues affecting the western United States (the desert city Las Vegas, and the Central Valley), but we don't get any data or evidence to be convinced these represent a sweeping issue around the globe. Rather than explain some infrared imagery of the earth like any 10 minute TEDTalk presentation would do, the professor behind the images is simply reduced to vacuous dramatic tension by saying some form of "we're screwed" every time he's cut into the narrative. It reminds me of when I would come home from school ten years ago; a local christian station had a daily program on that spent an hour connecting the current international news events to the book of Revelations with their point being that the rapture was coming soon and that President Bill Clinton was most likely the Anti-Christ who would unite the world as the leader of he U.N. Any fool can make an argument; I need compelling evidence to show me it's worth my time to consider.
From here, the film then abruptly shrinks itself down to a handful of 15 minute anecdotal vignettes, mostly on a few individuals in small American towns. These feel like desperate time fillers, superficial in their coverage (again, lacking data to either show us a problem or the cause) and too niche to be relevant to most Americans let alone the global community. Instead of water shortages, these mostly had to do with random accounts of pollution in small community water supplies, usually involving agriculture. I had to laugh at one point when it tried to make an algae bloom in lake Michigan sound like an unsafe toxin. Algae is just a benign, natural, single-celled aquatic vegetation that grows rapidly in warm and sunny water, as all photosynthetic organisms are prone to do.
In the last 20 minutes, the film picks back up where the first 20 minutes left off, a quick look at a couple of government water projects outside the US that affect the supply of others. Its message about the social effect was that when neighboring countries have water disputes, it actually ends up being the topic that brings them together amicably with a shared future vision.
The theme is relevant and critically catchy, yet also scary that water crisis is happening and soon the earth will no longer have enough water for its population.
My biggest interest is how. A film is put together, the editing and scrip. The script is well developed and the process of the film developing is slow but slow enough. The idea of shifting the subject from water shortage in America to contaminated water in America. With one of my favorite character making an appearance Erin Brockovich lifting the story from standard to what she is known to do, going around and helping people suffering from cancer due to water contamination. The story enfolds as it finally touches the emotional side. The fear of contaminated water growing
As the story comes to a great wrap up, the question is, is there a water shortage around the world or is that the world has become over populated as time advanced in the last last 15 years.
Overall this movie is a great documentary, it may not be the best documentary I have seen but it was a pretty darn good topic to address and a pretty good topic for the next generation to focus on.
I give this movie a score of 3 out of five.