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Crude Awakening

  PG Closed Captioning

Basil Gelpke & Ryan McCormack

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About the Movie

Our civilization's addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with disaster. Compelling, intelligent, and highly disturbing, the film visits with the world`s top experts and comes to a startling but logical conclusion our industrial society, built on cheap and readily available oil, must be completely re-imagined and overhauled. The world's oil supplies are peaking and the crisis of global shortage looms; we are running out of oil and we don`t have a plan.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 14
  • Fresh: 11
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: You leave a viewing with a sense of utter defeat. I can envision a future DVD special edition that comes with a razor blade, to facilitate wrist slashing. – Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A horribly enlightening documentary. – Xan Brooks, Guardian, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: An informative and unashamedly apocalyptic documentary about the world's obsession with oil that makes An Inconvenient Truth look positively chipper. – Kevin Maher, Times (UK), Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A compelling documentary, wrought with a dry rationalism and presenting the horrifying case of the stuff that's both "the bloodstream of the world economy" and "the excrement of the devil". – Daniel Etherington, Film4, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Jaw Dropping

This impressive and sober overview of the current oil/energy shortage will surprise most everyone. It was moving and kept me on the edge of my seat.

Most depressing movie ever... Too bad it can't be discarded for that much!

Very poignant, stricking exposé. The simple thesis is well-exposed and explained. The people interviewed know what they're talking about. If you don't feel terrible after watching this documentary, get yourself checked out by a doctor... The only bad thing I feel I have to write about it is that it's very pessimistic about the future of energy. Then again, I believe this was the intended purpose. This documentary tries to be (yet another unheard) warning. Watch this. You owe it to your kids. Let's all wake the hell up!

Your Life will Change

If this documentary fails to compel you to take a long, hard look at the civilization you're living in, then not much will. I've followed peak oil for a while now - the consequences started to worry me about two years ago but really hit home last year - and this documentary more than any other (End of Suburbia, etc) had an impact on those people around me to the point that I could start talking about it with my wife and friends without being looked at like a bit of a nutcase. The idea of Peak Oil goes beyond scary. It's a coming catastrophe engineered by the profligate waste of the 20th century, and survival, not success will be the measure of the next. This documentary makes that abundantly clear.

Crude Awakening
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