Collapse: the year’s most depressing movie?

The other week I saw The Age of Stupid again. I think it’s a great film, but it left some members of the audience deeply depressed. I dread to think what this film might do to them. Collapse gives a voice to Michael Ruppert, a thinker and journalist who believes our modern way of life is on the brink. He correctly predicted the economic meltdown, and foresees far worse in the end of oil.

For maximum effect, the interview is filmed in what looks like a bunker, with Ruppert smoking throughout. It’s almost a parody of the doom-mongering documentary. Or maybe that’s the point, and director Chris Smith is toying with the idea of conspiracy theories and end-of-the-world narratives.

No doubt there are serious points made in the film, but is this the best way to make them? Is this the most hard-hitting social documentary of them all, or the point at which the genre tips over into irrelevance?

Here’s the trailer:

And here’s a clip on oil:


  1. It may be depressing, but he’s right. We have to change the way we produce food, the economy can’t work forever. I’m with Mark Boyle, the moneyless man, we need radical change, but it’s unlikely to happen.

    1. I agree, he’s probably right on a lot of what the film is suggesting, it’s the whole tone of it that I find unsettling. It’s being advertised with the line “an intellectual horror film”, which seems to almost be enjoying the prospect of impending doom.

      I’m reminded of Philip Pullman suggestion that people know the ‘we’re all doomed’ story and have chosen not to engage with it, no matter how stylishly it’s portrayed. As he puts it, “environmentalists need better stories”.

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