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Collapse (2010)

Michael Ruppert , Chris Smith  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Michael Ruppert
  • Directors: Chris Smith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: June 15, 2010
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003CJXJ8Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,442 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Collapse" on IMDb

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Can this man predict when your world will crumble?
The Explosive New Documentary From The Director Of THE YES MEN and AMERICAN MOVIE
It s the shattering documentary that has been called superb (Entertainment Weekly), hypnotic and haunting (Time Magazine) and so masterfully made it s impossible to look away ( COLLAPSE is the story of Michael Ruppert, former Los Angeles police officer turned rogue reporter whose eerie prediction of the current financial crisis shocked millions. Now Ruppert is warning of a new meltdown, one rooted in oil, economics, and covert U.S. policies that are leading us all towards unprecedented global disaster. Is he a prophet who can clearly see America s terrifying future, or a conspiracy theorist fueled by fear and paranoia? And if Ruppert is right, can this slide into catastrophe be stopped? Experience this sometimes harrowing, often poignant and always riveting look into the mind of the ultimate outsider from filmmaker Chris Smith, the award-winning director of American Movie and The Yes Men.

You might not want to watch Collapse if you're in a good mood. On the other hand, viewing this documentary in a bad mood might not be such a good idea either--at least not if there are any sharp objects lying around. Such is the extremity of the dire message delivered by Michael Ruppert, who predicts nothing less than the imminent and total breakdown of industrialized civilization. Ruppert has some credentials--a UCLA graduate, he served in the Los Angeles Police Department, and is now an investigative journalist with many articles and several books to his credit--and a large amount of information at hand. And although it's worth noting that everything he offers in the way of facts in the course of this film goes virtually unchallenged, his argument is compelling, and more than a little frightening. As Ruppert sees it, the collapse can be attributed primarily to just one thing: oil, and our almost complete dependence on it. The world has passed the point of peak production, he says, and the supply is now in steady decline (and this was well before the 2010 spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico). There is no currently viable energy alternative--ethanol, nuclear power, Canadian "tar sand," and everything else is dismissed outright, leaving only wind and solar power as vague possibilities. The planet's unsustainable population growth began with the discovery of oil (and it will go down accordingly when the oil is gone), Ruppert argues; what's more, the world's economy is essentially a "pyramid scheme" based on the notion of infinite growth, which can't happen because it too depends on oil and its many derivatives (such as plastic). In the end, he says, what we're witnessing is Darwinism in action, and while there are a few ways to prepare for what he passionately describes as "the cataclysmic end of a paradigm" (he suggests learning to grow your own food, for starters), the momentum is irreversible. One might be tempted to dismiss this guy as some wacko with a website, but Collapse--essentially a long interview conducted by director Chris Smith, supported by photos, film footage, animation, and other visuals to illustrate Ruppert's arguments--offers some very serious food for thought. --Sam Graham

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298 of 339 people found the following review helpful
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To understand the depth of emotion in Michael Ruppert's fascinating argument is to understand his personal evolution. Ruppert was born in Washington, D.C., the son of an Air Force officer and an later aerospace executive. Ruppert's mother was a cryptographer for Army Intelligence at Fort Myer, VA, during the Second World War. In addition, his father's cousins were employed by, and retired from, the Central Intelligence Agency.

Ruppert was a hopeful idealist and raised as a Republican. He excelled in his studies at UCLA (receiving honors in political science), interned for Chief Edward Davis of the Los Angeles Police Department, and eventually became a highly decorated LAPD officer.

Ruppert had all the makings of helpful cog in the wheel of the status quo.

Only later, as a narcotics officer, did Ruppert's journey lead him on a path of discovery which clearly illuminated the chasm between truth and the government approved appearance of truth: In 1977 Ruppert claims to have discovered a major drug trafficking operation run by the CIA. Ruppert filed a statement with the CIA and famously made a publicly televised challenge the Director of Central Intelligence John Deutch. Deutch responded by agreeing to investigate and address the issue earnestly. This promise, in Ruppert's mind, was not honored as nothing was done to identify and punish those who ran the operation. Moreover, nothing was done to cease the drug trafficking operations.

From this experience the audience can understand the evolution from Ruppert's youthful idealist belief in justice toward his lifelong passion for exposing the hidden "truths" that are conveniently hidden from public consumption. (Complicit in this deception, Ruppert argues, is a lazy and uninterested mainstream media.
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77 of 96 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Sobering Wake-Up Call June 17, 2010
Food supplies are dwindling; oil supplies are tentative and volatile; and populations are increasing along with poverty and greed. These themes are not new, but Michael Ruppert's projections of world economies teetering on the brink of 'Collapse' are sobering indeed. Doing his math, we have reached the apex of energy creation and demand keeps growing while supplies are dwindling. Noting in spades the full force of our energy dependency, Ruppert makes a compelling case that we are all in denial and consumption is out of control.

In a tight hour and twenty-two minutes, filmmaker Chris Smith intersperses relevant footage to go with Ruppert's all too bleak forecast of a near future calamity.

Naysayers may dismiss his authorative testimony as "Henny Penny" doom and gloom, but, say, if only a minimal fraction of his forecasts come to roost, isn't this substantative interview/documentary still essential viewing for all? The media has offered clues of his deliberations: bread shortages in Egypt, over-fished seas, and Greece's fall into bankruptcy. Yes, famine, disease, strife, and calamity have always been part and parcel of any age in different measures, but the premise of this film leaves one dumbstruck--with very little to counter--of a very dark age just around the corner where the civilized world may have to work together or face mass destruction. Surely, his thoughtful offering of "plan B" couldn't do any harm.

Although extremely bright and compelling, Ruppert's emotional break down in the interview only (subjectively) gives the whole viewing a more cogent appeal. Ample evidence and film footage flank the substantative deliberations. Scary.
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87 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best movie about the future of the US economy April 9, 2010
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This movie creates a new genre in film: "the economic horror flick"

Only sombody with the street cred of a Mike Rupert could create such a masterpiece movie
that tells the true stort about how banksters wave looted this world and set up 6 billion of us
to take the fall when we run out of oil and in turn food.

This film made me redouble my efforts to move to a rural location learn how to grow most of my own food
withot a drop of oil raise livestock and convert my wealth into wind, solar, and wood power.

I'm a wall street economist for a living 31 years now and can tell you this movie is spot on what will happen to america soon

It fueled my fear to prepare my life now while collapse planning is still possible.

If it does not scare the bejesus out of you, check your pulse.

Collapse is comming and survivial favors the prepared mind.

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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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I wish Amazon gave us a star rating option of 'undecided' because I am undecided about some of Michael Ruppert's claims in this interview. I will have to watch the DVD a few more times while I continue to educate myself on the theory of 'Peak Oil' then come back here to Amazon and adjust my rating accordingly. Was it worth watching? Yes. Was it worth believing? I'm not sure yet. Some of it surely. Maybe not all of it.

One of the claims I found questionable was the idea that oil prices cannot go significantly higher and stay higher. I do believe they can and they will. Demand drops due to affordability may cause the oil price to pull back at times, but other documentaries have shown that the ever increasing world oil demand may totally eclipse any pull back in demand from certain sectors. One documentary claimed that China has so much money they are not overly concerned about how much they have to pay for oil. They will buy it anyway. And because China has more cash than anyone else, well, the price could go higher than many people believe is possible. I guess I do not understand the logic behind Michael Ruppert's belief that oil prices will plateau around $150 and cannot rise significantly higher. The world did not end when oil was at $147. It actually felt like a warm up to even higher prices in the future.

I do not mean to criticize Michael Ruppert. I think his heart may be in the right place but as he admitted himself, he is not always right about everything.

BTW if you have not seen the film makers' documentary 'American Movie' you MUST see that. It is amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Foresight
Here are some incontrovertible facts spelled out so clearly and so ignored. Michael Ruppert is no longer with us but we can honor his attempts to warn us, all of the world... Read more
Published 1 month ago by John C. Aurelio
5.0 out of 5 stars It makes me glad I'm old so that maybe I'll be dead before ...
This is extremely thought provoking. I hope it's not true, but I fear it is. It makes me glad I'm old so that maybe I'll be dead before all this happens, and it makes me glad I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Beverly A. Sahin
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
Super interesting perspective on our dependence upon petroleum, how much we really have, and what will happen when its gone. Thought provoking.
Published 2 months ago by Dr. Connie
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
A waste of time
Published 2 months ago by W. Stewart
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Published 2 months ago by Blitzkrieg
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Ruppert does a great job of explaining peak oil and the...
If you want to know whats been going on "behind the curtain" watch this movie. Collapse came out in 2009 and you can see already how
accurate his information has... Read more
Published 2 months ago by judy mclauchlin
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Fascinating character. Being done as an interview was not too effective. Too many gaps.
Published 2 months ago by Yosi
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting Information reveal in this Documentary.
This was a really revealing documentary. Mr. Ruppert really opens up your eyes on the dependency the US has on oil and other situations we are currently facing in this country. Read more
Published 2 months ago by CV
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