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Age of Stupid (2010)

Pete Postlethwaite , Jeh Wadia , Franny Armstrong  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Pete Postlethwaite, Jeh Wadia, Alvin DuVernay, Layefa Malini, Jamila Bayyoud
  • Directors: Franny Armstrong
  • Writers: Franny Armstrong
  • Producers: Andrew Ruhemann, Bruce Goodison, Emily James, John Battsek, Lizzie Gillett
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003JYOFB4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,694 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Age of Stupid" on IMDb

Special Features

50-minute Making-Of Documentary

Pete Postlethwaite Ambushing the UK’s Minister for Climate Change

8 Deleted Scenes

8 Extended Interviews

8 Short Climate Films

Crew Commentary

Trailers

Right to Reply from Alvin, Fernand and Piers

Launch of the 10:10 Campaign....and more!


Editorial Reviews

The year is 2055. The Earth is devastated. One man (Oscar® nominee Pete Postlethwaite, The Usual Suspects, Clash of the Titans) remains in "The Global Archive," a vast storage facility protecting all of humanity's collective achievements. Based on mainstream scientific projections from the present day, THE AGE OF STUPID focuses on the archivist as he tries to work out why we didn't save ourselves while we still had the chance. He flips through a startling array of news clips, interviews and scientific reports from our current time, each its own warning sign of the destruction that is looming if we don't change our current consumption practices. From the director of McLibel and the producer of the Academy Award®-winning One Day in September, the fresh, fast-paced and often hilarious THE AGE OF STUPID continues to break all the rules of independent film distribution—including smashing the world record for the largest live film event when its global premiere reached over a million viewers in 63 countries.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ...begins here. January 25, 2014
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The Age of Stupid (Franny Armstrong, 2008)

Somewhere in the innards of The Age of Stupid is a really, really good idea. But Franny Armstrong beat, pummelled, tortured, and scarred it until it was a twisted, unrecognizable, hateful, murderous shell of itself, the insane stepbrother of 12 Monkeys that was kept locked in the basement and fed nothing but dead rats until it was forty-five years old, then kicked out of the house and left to forage for itself. As expected, it turned to murder and cannibalism, but was too incompetent even for that, getting knocked over the head by a little old lady and turned into the police, who shot it in the temple, putting it out of its misery, rather than letting it survive. Okay, that last bit only happened in my fantasies. Instead, it turned to making movies and The Age of Stupid, a clunky, Neanderthal piece of Michael-Moore-style “documentary” filmmaking with all the subtlety of a homeless schizophrenic pissing on a cinema wall, was the result.

Armstrong (McLibel) posits a future in which Earth is a destroyed shell of itself. An archivist (The Usual Suspects' Pete Postlethwaite), one of the last surviving humans on the planet, is surfing through data from the year 2008 to try and figure out where it all went wrong. (Plot hole #1: if the Earth went so far downhill so fast—Armstrong names, of course, the most hysterical numbers she could for the timeline—who developed all the cool technology Postlethwaite's character is using?) Yep, that's pretty much it.
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The time to act is NOW March 16, 2010
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Although the perspective is set from the future, the story is really about *us*, about the choices we are making *now*, that won't affect "future generations, 10.000 years from now" - but... our children. It shows a guy in 2055 looking at what we did today, and what happened the last 10 or 20 years or so. There were plenty dramatic events going on, and apparently, nobody was taking notice...

Katrina was a huge warning of what's happening when climate goes berserk. Ocean temperatures rising produce more and more intense hurricanes.

Or take the war in Iraq. This is not about "weapons of mass destruction". This is not about "democracy". This is a "resource war". Even Alan Greenspan literally said it and is quoted in this movie : it is all about OIL. The US and in broader terms the whole western civilization is built on (cheap) oil. Oil provides cars and planes with fuel, it even produces "food" (be it full of pesticides and with few nutrients). The big problem is that oil corrupted the governments, and they do absolutely nothing to stop the way our "civilization" is built. We are in a position we cannot expect our "democratic" governments to take any action. If we want to take action, we'll have to do it ourselves. And it won't be easy.

This movie is built along several story lines. The strongest ones are built around an Indian businessman and an English wind farm developer.

The Indian businessman wants to offer cheap flying from one rupee onwards to all Indian people, and... succeeds...

The wind farm developer wants Britain to build more and more wind farms. Although he personally has his own wind turbine to supply his family, he wants to build a wind farm for 11.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Why didn't we save ourselves when we had the chance?" December 11, 2010
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The year is 2055. All of Earth's history, as recorded by humans, has been preserved in the "Archive." The Archive's Librarian (Pete Postlethwaite) is making a video recording of his thoughts regarding the global environmental catastrophes over the past 50 years. Looks like the climate change deniers were wrong, wrong, wrong, and the Librarian reviews actions, particularly during the period 1980-2005, in the UK, Nigeria, the Middle East, and India.

Toward the end of his review, the Librarian laments, "Why didn't we save ourselves when we had the chance?"

Some of the more powerful moments are when an English town votes to deny the permit needed for constructing a wind energy farm ("Of course there is a need for alternative energy... we'll just find it elsewhere," one opponent says after celebrating the defeat [my paraphrase]). And the need to improve the "standard of living" for people in India, Nigeria, and elsewhere, while whittling away at the global greenhouse gas emissions.

No, this was not a documentary. No, this was not supposed to be a fair and balanced view of the debate.

However, it will stimulate discussion. Guaranteed. Age of Enlightenment? Age of Reason? And now, an Age of Stupid. What will our children's children say about us?

There is a PG version (bleeped language) and an original version. However, I wish there was a 55 minute version that could be shown in a classroom timeframe.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Likeable, entertaining, alarmist propaganda June 23, 2012
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Overall, I enjoyed this docurama. It was filled with episodes of grievous social injustice and outrageous alarmist propaganda. Not to mention the movie's high production value, slick production, and fine acting.

For the most part, I agree with just about everything the film states as fact, and most everything it suggests as a solution. It seems that our troubles are due to global warming, and global warming is due to our use of oil, coal, and other hydrocarbons. The fact that America's industrial and military might was built on cheap oil, lead to over-industrialization, which in turn lead to consumerism (to buy up all the things industry produced), and the ingrained lifestyle notion that we (Americans) are entitled to the world's resources, to be taken by force when expedient. The same mindset is true of other industrialized countries, to a lesser extent. But we are all running out of oil.

The movie claims that we are bringing about our own extinction, with rising sea levels, increased desertification, more severe storms, lower crop yields, and the ensuing social collapse that these forces will bring about. 2015 is projected to be the point of no return - if we can't save ourselves by then, the movie predicts that we, as a species, will perish. Indeed, global climate change is the excuse given for drastic population reduction and the push for one world government, but it may be that these circumstances, as real as they are, are nothing but excuses for not making a better, more humane world, instead of relying on the greed and venial tendencies which have brought our world to this impending doom.

My point of disagreement with the video is the solution package presented:
1. Create carbon budgets for all
2.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see film
This came to my notice on a podcast in iTunes, it lives up to the trailer and tells the story in a slightly quirky but by the end you will know the story. Highly recommended
Published 8 days ago by G. J. Churm
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not the "Age of Aquarius"
Another in the long line of documentaries which challenge how we are destroying our own home and planet. Read more
Published 26 days ago by John Wintermyer
5.0 out of 5 stars a different angle on the same topic
really worth watching - i thought the ratings would be higher. it's an interesting take on the problem, from a future perspective that is not very unrealistic at all. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Of ghost satellites and airflight for the masses
Makes a matter-of-fact case for why Mankind will continue to sit around twiddling his thumbs while Earth burns. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Not Real Name
4.0 out of 5 stars OVER THE TOP
Slightly over the top, but moves in the right direction! Has this been screened on Australian television? If not, it should be!
Published 14 months ago by Mr. Stephen J. Brook
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth your time & your money , eye opening video
After you view this documentary , I hope you will get the message : each one of us have to make a contribution to stop human self destruction that not only related to the way we... Read more
Published 14 months ago by New Yorker
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this and make up - if not wake up - your own mind...
This should be watched by anyone who has ANY interest in why things are not as they could OR should be. Read more
Published on March 25, 2012 by D. Delacovias
5.0 out of 5 stars Like the title says "The Age of Stupid"
This video brought up many goods points from different parts of the world. It shows how oblivious we have become to today's crisis with earth. I recommend this documentary.
Published on February 29, 2012 by living green
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Movie
While the information found in this movie is actually pretty interesting and definitely in support of stopping global warming, the way in which it is presented is not at all... Read more
Published on January 19, 2012 by Eyepatch
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie.Everything was very truthhful
A very good movie,If you like this movie you would also enjoy "Food Inc." These 2 movies has changed the way I think and live. Read more
Published on November 6, 2011 by troopertommy105
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