A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash Review

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A documentary looking at the planet's dwindling oil resources.


A sense of globalised injustice pervades Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack’s darkly ironic documentary.

Wisely avoiding a hectoring tone, this measured denunciation of the greed of the major oil companies and society’s reckless consumption makes use of 1950s ads and promos to show how the planet has been seduced into hastening its own demise.

The smugness of those who profit from such exploitation is guaranteed to provoke. But it’s the revelation of the barrage of unheeded warnings that makes this a discomfiting watch. Slick, striking and sobering.

Slick, striking and sobering.