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Meet Michael Ruppert, a different kind of American. A former Los Angeles police officer turned independent reporter, he predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness, at a time when most Wall Street and Washington analysts were still in denial.--©Official Site 3.2 out of 5 based on 12 reviews
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Genre Documentary
Director Chris Smith
Cast Michael Ruppert
Studio Dogwoof
Release Date October 2010
Running Time 82 mins
 

Meet Michael Ruppert, a different kind of American. A former Los Angeles police officer turned independent reporter, he predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness, at a time when most Wall Street and Washington analysts were still in denial.--©Official Site

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Reviews

Total Film

Tom Dawson

Shooting in a disused, underground LA bunker, Smith intercuts his interviewee’s persuasive testimony with aptly chosen news footage. What’s more, he unearths the flawed humanity behind the apocalyptic theorising.

27/09/2010

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

An interview with Michael Ruppert, whose apocalyptic predictions of the end of industrial civilisation are grimly plausible.

03/10/2010

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The Los Angeles Times

Robert Abele

With a formal elegance that often feels like a tribute to Errol Morris' character studies, "Collapse" is a grueling peek at a doomsday prophet's rigorous mind but in a sly way also a compassionate look at the strain Ruppert endures from knowing he has only ever been right.

13/09/2009

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The New York Times

Jeannette Catsoulis

Delusional thinker or tragic prophet (he predicted the current financial crisis almost five years ago), Mr. Ruppert emerges finally as an authentic human being, sympathetic even when the film that embraces him is not.

06/11/2009

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The Observer

Philip French

Through our reliance on oil we've put ourselves in a position from which there is no exit, but his acute analysis is more persuasive than his somewhat vague suggestions of how the world might evolve, one of the more concrete being that you start growing food in your garden or acquire an allotment.

03/10/2010

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Empire Magazine

David Parkinson

He makes his case with a mix of cogency, passion and gallows humour, and not even the odd lapse into hyperbole can discredit his plausibly apocalyptic vision. Relieving the relentless close-ups with apposite archive footage, this makes for tough, but necessary viewing.

03/10/2010

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

My, how filmmakers – in this case Chris Smith (American Movie, The Yes Men) – love self-appointed saviours rich on rhetoric, if sometimes a little loopy in the ideas beneath.

29/09/2010

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

Chris Smith's documentary centres on a long and disquieting interview with Michael Ruppert, a radical American activist on a mission to expose the "peak oil" cover-up: that is, the authorities' reluctance to prepare us for what happens when oil runs out. It is an important subject, and it raises the question of why more witnesses were not called.

30/09/2010

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

Ruppert's enemies on the right have called him "batshit insane", though on this evidence his faults seem more to do with tone – he's rather self-righteous. Some of his analysis is way off the mark, but you don't doubt his sincerity.

01/10/2010

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The Times

Kevin Maher

The trouble is that, after 60 or 70 solid minutes of this rapid-fire millenarianism, the gloom becomes overwhelming and a certain grim fatigue sets in. The mind wanders, and hints of the crackpot conspiracy-nut begin to emerge in Ruppert (he has some less convincing 9/11 theories, available online, that were conveniently ignored by the documentary-makers).

01/10/2010

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The Sunday Times

Cosmo Landesman

At first, you think he is just another paranoid fruitcake, but then he starts to sound convincing and you wonder: am I the paranoid fruitcake? A wider context would have been useful, but this is a compelling vision of the apocalypse coming your way sometime soon.

03/10/2010

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The Daily Telegraph

David Gritten

It doesn’t help his case that he faces eviction from his house for non-payment of rent, but some of his warnings have the power to make a listener think twice.

01/10/2010

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