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Crude Impact
Crude Impact
Actors: Thom Hartmann, William Rees, Richard Heinberg, Michael Economides
Director: James Jandak Wood
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Documentary
NR     2009     1hr 37min

It took hundreds of millions of years for petroleum to form on Earth. It took just 150 years for human beings to bleed the planet of roughly half of this oil. — Arresting in its honesty and erudition, CRUDE IMPACT examines ...  more »


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Actors: Thom Hartmann, William Rees, Richard Heinberg, Michael Economides
Director: James Jandak Wood
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Educational, History, Docurama, Politics, Science & Technology
Studio: Docurama
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/14/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 37min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: French, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Profound Impact
Peter Gendel | New Orleans, LA | 04/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a gripping documentary on the subject of peak oil--a sobering account of our dependence on ancient sunlight to power industrial civilization and the consequences we face as we top over the global oil production peak and enter the irreversible depletion phase. While there are other documentaries that treat the subject, I find Crude Impact notable, among other reasons, for its focus from the outset on the relationship between the size of the human population and the increasingly intensive extraction of resources.

I teach a semester-long high school seminar devoted entirely to peak oil and this is the documentary, among other excellent documentaries on this subject, which I have chosen for viewing by my students. Crude Impact is simply the clearest exposition of peak oil and its far-reaching consequences. The impact has been profound.

Interviews with leading experts in a variety of related fields forward the narrative, which is accompanied by arresting images, a judicious use of graphics, and haunting musical score. Indeed the concept of peak oil itself is not fully expanded until later in the documentary after an array economic, political, social, and economic threads are systematically explored--and the full impact of peak oil then becomes frighteningly clear.

If you are new to the notion of peak oil, this is a must view which should be shared with relatives and friends. In fact, it should be shared with everyone, even those already "peak oil aware," which I fear is all too few. Crude Impact is an impressive, if deeply disturbing, documentary.
One of the few films that stick with you
I. M. Van Top | Amsterdam, NL | 04/10/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was at the screening when the film premiered on IDFA 2 years ago. The entire audience came out after the screening, to continue discussing the matter with the director in the hallway for another hour. I've never seen people so moved by an environmental film, and motivated to spread it's message. Truely a must see"
Get educated while being entertained
Charles A. Borwick | Seattle, WA USA | 04/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I know it's not politically correct to make entertainment even a factor when discussing a movie about a serious subject like this - but this movie is proof that you can tell people what they need to know while keeping them glued to the picture. In fact nothing is quite so fascinating as the truth when it is told with honesty and by people who are passionate about the subject. If you want to learn what the problem is, why the problem is, and even how we might go about solving the problem you need to watch this.

This is one of those movies that can actually get you to change your behavior. It made me more aware of my impact."
Made a HUGE impact on me
Lori Shorin | 04/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"You hear the term "Peak Oil" and you may think you know what it means. To truly understand where we are TODAY, the doc Crude Impact is a must-see. Finally a doc that sounds the alarm BEFORE it's too late. Wake up. Watch this film."