Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror (2005)




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Experts have estimated that at the current rate of production, the United States and Europe will exhaust their supplies of oil by the year 2010. Meanwhile, the nation of Iraq holds the world's second largest reserve of oil, representing nearly three-quarters of the Earth's current petroleum supplies. As the United States and Great Britain mount an ongoing war in Iraq that has eliminated their former government and established a new one in its place under American watch, is it a coincidence that Iraq holds a massive supply of a strategic resource America badly needs? Especially given the fact that a number of the key reasons the United States had presented for going to war (most notably Iraq's alleged stockpile of weapons of mass destruction) have turned out to be based on false information? The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror is a documentary that examines America's continuing thirst for oil, how it has impacted the War in Iraq, and who stands to get rich (and who stands to lose more than mere money) as the battle wages on. The Oil Factor includes interviews with former defense department advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, author and linguist Noam Chomsky, former Pentagon analyst Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski, and many others.
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Critic Reviews for Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

Husband-and-wife filmmakers Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy pack their film with information that will not please anyone frustrated by the ubiquity of space-hogging, gas guzzling SUVs.

Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

In their quest to connect as many dots as possible (Halliburton, depleted uranium, civilian war deaths), Ungerman and Brohy spread themselves a little thin across the map of U.S. intrigue.

Full Review… | July 21, 2005
L.A. Weekly
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Most of this is old news. And the filmmakers never make a coherent case, at least not to the layperson. As a result, the film, which runs about 90 minutes, seems painfully long.

Full Review… | July 17, 2005
New York Times
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Gives muckraking journalism a bad name.

Full Review… | July 12, 2005
Village Voice
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offers nothing that any mildly news-savvy viewer doesn't already know

August 19, 2005

A good refresher course for those whose antidepressant prescriptions aren't about to expire.

July 30, 2005
Los Angeles CityBeat

Audience Reviews for Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror

The most interesting part of this film is the on the streets footage of Baghdad and surrounding areas. I guarantee you've NEVER seen this on network TV. Lots of interesting interviews and speculations about overall USA/ Oil Companies long range goals for explotation of oil of not only Iraq but also the region and the ongoing strategic games between USA- China and Russia. The film makers did bungle a page out of The Peak Oil Theory play book as they speculate by 2010 North American oil production and resources would be depleted.

Bobby Diablo
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