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Oil Storm (2005)

Documentary-style footage reveals the aftermath of disastrous events that disrupt the flow of oil to the United States.

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James Erskine
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Cast

Credited cast:
Melody Chase ... Hazel Knowle
Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Lance E. Nichols ... Frank Milner
Mark Krasnoff Mark Krasnoff ... John Hamel
Roland Uribe Roland Uribe ... Jack Roden (as Hector Roland Uribe)
Lee Ritchey Lee Ritchey ... Ed Matthews
Peter Malof Peter Malof ... Bob Knowle
Will Wallace ... Tom McGraff
Michael Brouillet Michael Brouillet ... Joe Knowle
Steven Chester Prince ... Howard Gibbons
Kortney Adams ... Estelle Sanders
Brady Coleman ... Adam McGraff
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Malcolm Adams ... Emergency Medical Technician
Sheila Bailey Sheila Bailey ... Mary McGraff
Kim Carrell Kim Carrell ... Boston Riot Leader
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This docudrama outlines the effects of a severe oil and gas shortage in the United States, brought on by a hurricane damaging much of the oil infrastructure along the Gulf Coast. The drama is seen through the eyes of stock traders and analysts, a small business owner, government officials and news reporters. The story begins when the massive Hurricane Julia strikes New Orleans, La. In addition to killing thousands of people, the storm - stronger than a Category 5 storm (the strongest on the Saffir-Simpson scale) - destroys a major pipeline at Port Fourchon, La. (as well as wiping out many offshore oil rigs and refineries). As work begins to rebuild the pipeline, the price of gasoline soars to above $3 a gallon. Then, a series of events spiral the gas prices to unheard of levels of $7 per gallon or more. The most notable of these events: Two large oil tankers collide in the Port of Houston, closing that channel down; and Muslim terrorists stage a series of attacks after the United ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

S.O.S. New Orleans! - Olajpánik See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Wall to Wall See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Some scenes filmed at US Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service Houston/ Galveston, the real traffic management cite of the Houston Ship Channel. See more »

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Thought provoking, wondering whose agenda it supports
12 June 2005 | by jhallboxSee all my reviews

Admittedly I only caught 5/6th of the movie because I was called out of the room on two occasions. However overall I have a pretty good idea of the movie and where it was going.

The documentary footage format served it well, though because documentaries aren't very good at building tension this movie never made me really emotionally engage the characters.

I give the movie credit for educating me about our oil infrastructure, and they paint a somewhat feasible picture of a sequence of events that could lead to a serious economic drought in America.

What I don't like about the movie is that it never looked at any possibilities of 'alternative fuels'. They mention present day politicians like President Bush, but they never mention present day initiatives like alternative fuel vehicles and Willie Nelson's Biodiesel efforts. The fact that these things were omitted makes me wonder who paid for this movie and what it's purpose was. Every time a problem with our oil supply occurred, the documentary just said "So we needed to find another source of oil"..


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