The Toronto Star's Peter Howell has panned the just released Peak Oil movie, "A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash." Noting its depressing no-light at the end of the tunnel undercurrent, Howell concludes: "A movie this grim risks switching off the very minds it seeks to engage."
That's a shame, but it's not entirely surprising. After watching the End of Suburbia and The Corporation in the same week, my wife told me she was "going shopping for a new husband" because I was so depressed.
Similarly, I have many friends who refuse to watch An Inconvenient Truth because they "know it will be too depressing."
The challenge for environmentally concious movie makers is how to educate their audience and instruct them as well. If we cannot take any hope away with us from the theatre, then what's the point?
As Howell also notes, "There are actually people out there who are trying to solve this problem, although you'd never know it by watching A Crude Awakening."
It's a point we all should take note of.
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