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Arresting in its honesty and erudition, CRUDE IMPACT examines the catastrophic prospect of ''world peak oil'' - or the point in time when the quantity of petroleum extracted from the earth begins to irreversibly decline. The film illuminates a vicious cycle of escalating dependency and need, as well as the behaviors and patterns fueling this cycle, such as consumer fetishism and the myth of endless supply, the tremendous rise in population, and the demands of many more quickly-industrializing nations. It also surveys the devastating and far-reaching effects of the rampant pursuit of oil, including increasingly aggressive political turmoil, irreparable ecological damage, economic turbulence, and gross human rights violations.
Elegantly weaving together an alarmingly accelerating pattern of consumption and depletion, the award-winning CRUDE IMPACT reveals a frighteningly dark future that can only be averted by becoming informed, spreading awareness, and revolutionizing the way we think and live.
DVD Features: Over an hour of additional interviews on globalization, 9/11, alternative fuels and more.
Top Customer Reviews
I teach a semester-long high school seminar devoted entirely to peak oil and this is the documentary, among other excellent documentaries on this subject, which I have chosen for viewing by my students. Crude Impact is simply the clearest exposition of peak oil and its far-reaching consequences. The impact has been profound.
Interviews with leading experts in a variety of related fields forward the narrative, which is accompanied by arresting images, a judicious use of graphics, and haunting musical score. Indeed the concept of peak oil itself is not fully expanded until later in the documentary after an array economic, political, social, and economic threads are systematically explored--and the full impact of peak oil then becomes frighteningly clear.
If you are new to the notion of peak oil, this is a must view which should be shared with relatives and friends. In fact, it should be shared with everyone, even those already "peak oil aware," which I fear is all too few. Crude Impact is an impressive, if deeply disturbing, documentary.
This is one of those movies that can actually get you to change your behavior. It made me more aware of my impact.
After establishing well the reality of the impending peak oil crisis that we will face unless we change our practices, the film quickly moves on to tackling other subjects and agendas. Very quickly the subject turns to population control, consumerism, and globalization. Sure, the tentacles of oil policy reach far and wide, but I got the impression from the complete shift in focus that rather than viewing valid supporting arguments, I was seeing the filmmakers' original intent for the documentary in the first place. Perspective viewers are brought to this film expecting to see a documentary on peak oil, but instead end up watching a two hour dialogue about globalization and American hegemony. Those subjects are certainly worth discussing, but don't tell me that I'm going to be watching a film about peak oil and then start talking about population control and globalism.
One interview subject declares that even if we found tomorrow a green technology that would eliminate completely the need for fossil fuels, our lifestyle would be unsustainable and that we need to make drastic changes. And off we go! No longer talking about peak oil, we're talking about corporate abuse, the military industrial complex, overpopulation, and every other leftist cause under the sun. If this documentary is intended for the active supporters of those positions, then great.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't think that this topic has been properly understood by some reviewers. Let me make this very clear: it is impossible to speak meaningfully of Peak Oil or the End of Cheap... Read morePublished on September 12, 2011 by Mr. Peter M. Bradley
Overall I think this dvd just portrays one side of the story, Im not an oil industry fan but objectively I consider this dvd to be somewhat partial on the matter.Published on August 30, 2010 by Carlos Alcantara
It is impossible to see this film and not begin to rethink the way we live. Crude Impact deal with one of the most critically important issues of our time. Read morePublished on June 11, 2009 by Kay Sandberg
I am glad to see this documentary available and hope many people will watch this film and feel its effects. Read morePublished on April 14, 2009 by K. Nelson
An interesting, informative and entertaining film that commanded my attention throughout its viewing. Read morePublished on April 10, 2009 by MEF
This is a very important film. The media has yet to fully embrace the reality of what this story reveals, mostly because the media is energy illiterate. Read morePublished on April 9, 2009 by NewWestRadical