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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.

Product Details

  • 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: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003JYOFB4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,240 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Age of Stupid" on IMDb

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Another in the long line of documentaries which challenge how we are destroying our own home and planet. So much of this film is also reflected in the latest book "The Sixth Extinction" and how we are destroying so many species in our time as we wantonly expand our desires to control and possess the earth.
One has to openly weep as we see the greed of so many actually destroying what has taken billions of years to evolve.
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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 exploit the Earth but also in the way we relate to one another . Destruction doesn't start with a consumption ( where as I agree we do make a choice whether to support or not to support a specific supply ) but it begins with the way we treat one another : people we do and do not know , people that we like and dislike ( usually for selfish reasons ) and people who can and can't do anything for us.
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This film has a gripping vision of late 21st Earth which makes the film unique. As a mixture of plausible facts, characters, and storyline, the sci-fi perspective would be what Margaret Atwood calls "speculative fiction."

Yet a "hot state" or "hothouse" climate is based on geological evidence of what happens when CO2 reaches 5,000 ppm (see James Lovelock's "Vanishing Face of Gaia"). A world without polar ice caps is known to have existed, and it may recur.

This is only half the story, however. Moving towards a 1% CO2 atmosphere risks paving the way for 5% CO2 (because of large releases of methane from permafrost and the oceans). Then the world is at risk for a runaway greenhouse effect - the Venus Syndrome. Such a fate has been described by James Hansen estimated in print and in a YouTube video.
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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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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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