To compel the audience the film relies more heavily on pathos / ethos, and less on mere presentation of empirical data supporting their perspective. Personally I would have liked more fact & figure focus. Still, it worked for me.
I found the editing a bit dragging and distracting. It seemed as if someone struggled to find a few visuals to go with each narrative quote by the film's speakers. Sometimes the visuals are just dead wrong choices, such as stats that do not support what the speaker is simultaneously saying. Ouch. Mainly though the visuals linger just a little too long, leaving uncomfortable pauses in the narrative. Perhaps this is done deliberately to increase the impact of, say, this satirical comic or that horrifying photograph. But I felt these lengthy sobering pauses on visuals were done far too often, and as such they lose their efficacy. I think without too much effort this could be re-cut to be absolutely brilliant.
The film succeeded in demonstrating how humanity's careless overconsumption of resources like oil is causing catastrophic levels of despair, poverty, extinction and environmental damage. It challenges us to draw moral conclusions rather than blindly follow the bombardment of misinformation masquerading as fact -- e.g. if war has always historically been about power in some form (wealth, resources, labour) then it logically follows that war in the Middle East is about power over oil reserves, NOT any damn noble desire to free people or spread democracy. It is an important piece of work that everyone should see.
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