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Collapse 2009

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From the acclaimed director of American Movie, this portrait of radical thinker Michael Ruppert explores his apocalyptic vision of the future, spanning the crises in economics, energy, environment and more.

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Michael Ruppert
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Genres Documentary
Director Chris Smith
Starring Michael Ruppert
Studio FilmBuff
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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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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