My wife and I saw this at the Vancouver International Film Festival and came to it with high expectations. We had seen several useful documentaries on the neocons and Iraq (e.g. "The World According to Bush") and on oil (e.g. "The Death of Suburbia"). We were looking to this film to tie the two together and to provide a solid argument that the quest for oil was the hidden rationale for the US's "war on terror." Our disappointment was so great that we almost walked out during the showing - something that has never occurred in years of attendance at the VIFF.
The film starts out well by pointing to the imminent depletion of oil in various regions, but then inexplicably leaves its subject and spends about 45 minutes offering a rehash of the Iraq war, human rights abuses, the Taliban, etc. None of this is new, and all of it has been presented better elsewhere. Towards the end there is a bit more talk about pipelines and US bases in the Middle East, but no coherent argument about the connection between oil and the "war on terror" is ever made.
We don't mind if a movie fails to make a compelling case if an honest attempt is made, but "The Oil Factor" doesn't even try. Its title is not simply misleading, it is dishonest.
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