The inconceivable changes facing the world as oil becomes ever more scarce. Directors Gelpke and McCormack show how our exploitation of oil has led not only to fabulous lifestyles our ancestors could never have imagined, but also ongoing political and economic instability worldwide. Oil production is now peaking, but the decline is likely to be very steep and very drastic, with no large-scale alternative fuel source in sight.
"For a century we didn't spend a nanosecond actually really taxing ourselves as to could we actually come up with a replacement for oil and natural gas," admits Matt Simmons, oil baron and adviser to George Bush, one of many brutally frank experts interviewed. Beautifully photographed with a haunting score, A Crude Awakening grabs you by the throat in its first minutes and never lets you go.