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It's The End of the World As We Know It

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | October 26, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | October 26, 2009 |

I often feature trailers and reviews for compelling documentaries not necessarily because I think many people will actually watch them, but because the conversation about these topics tends to bring out the best in our readers. I dig the in-my-bunk commentary as much as the next guy (though, the Hillary Swank bashing is kind of juvenile and pointless), but when you folks sink your teeth into a political issue, I’m offered another reminder of why our readers are not just sexually obsessed, but intelligent, thoughtful, and knowledgeable. And while it may seem bickery, at times, I find the political debate that takes place here compelling, particularly in the way that it reveals the diversity of opinion among those who might otherwise seem collective in their love of Nathon Fillion or Christina Hendricks.

Today, I bring you the trailer for Collapse, which focuses on the end of the world’s economic system. It focuses on Michael Ruppert, a cop turned investigative journalist who may or may not be a crackpot conspiracy theorist (he has a newsletter!). He claims the CIA was behind drug-trafficking in the ’70s and that the Bush Administration had advanced knowledge of 9/11. In Collapse, which comes from American Movie director Chris Smith, Ruppert explores his apocalyptic vision of the future, spanning the crises in economics, energy, environment and more. Basically, he suggests, that the entire economy is a pyramid scheme and that, soon, the price of oil will spike and the entire economy will shut down.

It’s been a well-received documentary (as the blurbs in the trailer suggest), though who knows if the man has any real prescience at all. If he does, well, I guess we’re all fucked.

Take a look:

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