Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (3 stars)

  • 15 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

Documentary (Basil Gelpke, Ray McCormack, Switzerland, 2006) 83min

Money doesn’t make the world go round; it’s oil. So suggests Gelpke and McCormack in this information-packed look at the oil industry. Interviewing physicists, oil experts and political advisors, A Crude Awakening never becomes more interesting than the information it provides. Sure it looks like oil is running out, but the film puts in plenty air miles of it own as it travels from country to country. It touches upon alternative methods (solar, nuclear etc) but this conventionally made documentary seems part of the problem rather an ethical examination of possible cures. Fascinating but, finally, disappointing. (Tony McKibbin)

Cineworld, 623 8030, 24 Aug, 5.15pm, £7.95 (£5.20).

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