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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 (AllMovie.com). 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.

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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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  • Actors: Michael Ruppert
  • Directors: Chris Smith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • 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 (494 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003CJXJ8Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,278 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Collapse" on IMDb

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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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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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A very strange documentary about a man who claims to have had professional, governmental-related experience, primarily in the Los Angeles Police Department, but who now essentially lives as a street person in Los Angeles. He appears to be a most erudite individual, who claims to have foretold many of the economic calamities that marked the first decade of the 21st century. He presents numerous graphs, many related to oil supply and demand, that he uses to support his theories and future prognostications.

His current, somehwat pathetic life is shown briefly. He chain-smokes throughout the documentary. Frankly, I will need to delve deeper into the writings of this person to determine whether what he says has validity, and if so, his views portend a most disturbing time ahead..
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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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