A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash steers clear of making the material seem over sensational, instead of letting facts do all the talking. The documentary is not explicit about what the implication of peak oil might be but instead leaves it to the imagination of the audience. This is one of the main reasons why A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash is such a compelling documentary. It is not as edgy as EoS and impacts viewers differently. Similar to EoS, A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash does not provide a happy ending, and avoids ending in a rallying call of solutions. Instead, the documentary ends with a segment of Quentin and Clare gardening and keeping the goats out in West Cork. Just like in EoS, this presents the concept that suburbs and cities have no place in the future, and that we will have no option but to turn to rural areas. Some funky urban agriculture would probably resonate more and provide a better closing shot, but the documentary is great nonetheless.
Similar to EoS, the power of A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash lies in not over-sensationalizing the documentary with solutions. A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash takes you back to when the problem’s enormity begins, leaving you there. Although it is an upsetting and powerful place to visit, it is an essential journey in understanding the documentary. A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash is an interesting documentary and an important tool in assessing the consequences of our actions. A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash is a peak oil documentary with gravitas, and is one that is very effective in communicating the underlying message.
If you love watching documentaries, you will find A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash quite a delightful and worthwhile film. Moreso, if you would like to understand the concept of peak oil and its implication to human civilization. A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash is anything but boring. As the film begins, you inadvertently get glued to your screen, following the narration to the end in a quest to fully understand peak oil and it’s implication. What’s most exciting about A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash is that it takes an active rather than passive film. Instead of introducing a challenge then presenting a series of potential solutions, A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash effectively demonstrates the challenge and leaves the rest to the imagination of the viewer. This is perhaps what makes it quite an interesting film. All in all, A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash is a great film for both educational and entertainment purposes.