(II) (2009)

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I don't know when I've seen a thriller more frightening. I couldn't tear my eyes from the screen. Collapse is even entertaining, in a macabre sense. I think you owe it to yourself to see it.
Even in a season of apocalyptic films, these facts are really, really scary.
You may want to dispute Ruppert, but more than that you'll want to hear him, because what he says -- right or wrong, prophecy or paranoia -- takes up residence in your mind.
Unnervingly persuasive much of the time, and merely riveting when it's not.
If any of what he says makes sense to you -- and even if it's only a small piece, it's terrifying -- then you'll want to invest in gold and organic seeds and friendly relations with your nearest neighbors. You know: JUST IN CASE.....
Think of Collapse as the anti-"2012." Not because this dour doc is any more optimistic about the future than that recent apocalyptic spectacular but because its vision of disaster is delivered not through expensive special effects but by a talking head.
Time Out New York
While this totally impartial approach is admirable, it also robs Collapse of any invested sensibility. Smith has given this bull a stage on which to rage, but why the filmmaker has bothered to mount the platform in the first place is, frustratingly, anybody's guess.
If nothing else, while watching Ruppert, you'll believe he believes this stuff.
It would have been helpful had Smith put his words into some sort of context, allowing others to assess his theories. Instead there's simply Ruppert, talking, raging and warning, as if his very life depended on it.

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