A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash
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A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"A horribly enlightening documentary."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian
"A chilling picture of coming global crisis fuelled by our lack of fuel."
‑ Jamie Russell, BBC.com
"Simple message is powerful and compelling."
‑ Steve Watson, Little White Lies
"As the puzzle interlocks, the composite truth is terrifying. A second horseman of social collapse is pounding towards us--peak oil."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"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."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"An informative and unashamedly apocalyptic documentary about the world's obsession with oil that makes An Inconvenient Truth look positively chipper."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"Depressingly compelling."
‑ Tom Charity, Total Film
"if it doesn't give you at least a nightmare or two, then it's hard to imagine what exactly would frighten you"
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
"A dry, depressing film that, frankly, isn't entertaining enough to make anyone but the truly masochistic fork over $14 to hear how the world as we know it is going to end."
‑ Kevin Williamson, Jam! Movies
"All sorts of experts testify with some conviction, but the film's jerky structure and lack of complexity don't help."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"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"."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"Slick, striking and sobering."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
"It's every bit as motivational as An Inconvenient Truth, and just as scary"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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