Collapse

If all director Chris Smith did with his life was create American Movie, one of the funniest and most poignant documentaries of the 20th Century, he’d be assured of a place in the pantheon. With his latest film, Collapse, Smith outlines the obessive ideas of autodidact Michael Ruppert, a former LAPD cop whose powerful thesis — that growth-based economies reliant on fossil fuels are doomed — gets mocked by skeptics and dismissed as a radical conspiracy theory. The film is as mesmerizing as Ruppert’s thoughts are troubling. Watch it, and then see how you feel about the future.

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