Last Call At The Oasis 2012 PG-13 CC

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Water. It's the earth's most valuable resource. Our cities are powered by it, countless industries depend on it, and all living things need it to survive. But it's very possible that in the near future, there won't be enough to sustain life on our planet.

Starring:
Erin Brockovich-Ellis, Jay Famiglietti
Runtime:
1 hour 40 minutes

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Last Call At The Oasis

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Genres Documentary
Director Jessica Yu
Starring Erin Brockovich-Ellis, Jay Famiglietti
Supporting actors Peter H. Gleick, Robert Glennon, Tyrone Hayes
Studio Docurama
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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For anyone who is very pick with production and content, this is seriously a must watch.
Hermes A. Da Silva
The situation here is much worse than the movie depicts, and the political will to make meaningful change is even less than it was before the 2010 elections.
Northernlight
Such an eye opener about the quality of water these days and what all is considered " safe " water to drink.
greg clements

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JF on November 24, 2012
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Well, I'm in it, so please take my remarks with a grain of salt.

Critically acclaimed by virtually every major newspaper and media outlet, this movie succeeds on so many levels. Most importantly, it's one of those films that everyone should see. It's an eye opener about a resource that most of us simply take for granted. We turn on the faucet, and, great(!), there's our cool, crystal clear water. The reality is, in many places around the world, this is just not the case. And, unfortunately, this is becoming much more of a challenge in the United States, as the 2012 mega-drought and the impact of Hurricane Sandy have recently exposed.

It's a masterpiece of documentary filmmaking in the classic sense. In my case (I'm a professor at UC Irvine), the crew actually captured the scientific discovery process in real time. When I talk about 'the water cycle spinning out of control' in the film, I'm actually thinking about our ongoing research that suggests that this might be the case. Likewise for other featured experts in the movie, in particular, when they consider America's, and the world's, water future.

For educators like myself, the various stories covered in 'Last Call' serve as compelling introductions to a range of topics, from changes in freshwater availability, the increasing frequency of flooding and drought around the world, to our continued struggles with water pollution, and ultimately to solutions like recycling sewage for drinking water. Grade school teachers and college instructors alike will love the teaching moments and colorful supplementary topical materials that the movie affords.
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As someone who has watched just about every environmentally themed documentary ever made, I find that they generally fall into one of two camps. Either they serve as a call to action with ways that you might better your life and the world around you or they bludgeon you with harrowing statistics that make the situation seem hopeless. For the most part, "Last Call At The Oasis" fits more soundly in the second category. Don't get me wrong, I think that the subject matter is incredibly relevant and timely. We can't just bury our heads in the proverbial sand while ignoring the looming water crisis. While Americans still consume enormous amounts of water with abandon, the deleterious effects of a worldwide shortage are in evidence almost everywhere you look.

"Last Call at the Oasis" is really broken into two sections. The first half of the film deals with the actual shortage of ground water. It highlights areas devastated by the lack of water and even points out impending areas of disaster (such as Southern California and Las Vegas). On the whole, we are just using more water than can be naturally replenished by our ecosystem. So as populations grow, we become closer and closer to the crisis zone. And many nations are already there! The movie likes to juxtapose images of Third World deprivation with American excess and these comparisons do pack a visceral punch. The second portion of the film deals more with the topic of pollution, both how we're destroying viable water with contaminants and some methods to reclaim it.

There are a number of experts that weigh in including crusader Erin Brockovich who highlights her efforts in Hinckley, California and Midland, Texas.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By IM_LISTENING_QUICKLY on December 4, 2013
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If you want to sear a bit of fear into your day, then look no further. Yet despite the intimidating nature of the issues presented, it is a satisfying terror that strikes. It allows you to understand a lurking problem you probably did not know was actually lurking. This documentary puts climate change and water consumption into perspective and instills a sense of immediacy. This is a topic we all need to gain relative fluency in. Perhaps the most startling thing about this is that many people reject the idea that we are facing severe potable water shortages in the future. This is a cerebral thrill.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 12, 2012
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This is a Special Interest Documentary on the vital role water plays in our lives, exposes defects in the current system, and shows struggling communities with ill effects. In addition, it presents solutions being used by individuals. Erin Brockovich plays an important role in what should be done as portrayed in the Movie starring Julia Roberts. A compelling film in which Julia plays Erin, an unemployed single mom who becomes a legal assistant as she battles in the fight to compensate all the people affected by polluted water. This film and that Movie are thought-provoking throughout as we ponder on our future about the safety of water supply. In the Movie, Julia brings down a California power company, which caused illness in many. This film gives facts on helping to save water supply, before it's too late as it details the looming global water crisis and what we can do to avoid it. This film includes issues, interviews, and vital information for solutions. The world's most important natural resource is in danger. Shockingly, little is being done to protect it. Interesting, concise, and Highly Recommended!
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