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Director:
Chris Smith
Released:
2010
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Collapse is a 2009 documentary from director Chris Smith that presents a portrait of famous American political activist and dissident Michael Ruppert, whose political theories have captured people's minds despite the heavy charges of criticism his opponents have lobbied against him and his work. In this film, Smith gives Ruppert a venue for sharing his often-frightening theories about world politics and economics, leaving it to the audience to choose whether or not the man speaks the truth. Ruppert published a newsletter called From The Wilderness from 1998 to 2006 that shared his ideas about current political trends with a wide audience. His publication invoked a great deal of skepticism and even some direct violence. Ruppert has since stopped his work, because the stress of sharing his unpopular theories became too great. In this film, he explains his career, his process, and his beliefs, and the result is an occasionally terrifying and constantly entertaining story. Collapse was met with rave reviews from critics, including Roger Ebert who wrote, “I couldn't tear my eyes from the screen.”moreless

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  • 90

    Variety

    Unnervingly persuasive much of the time, and merely riveting when it's not.

  • 80

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    His well-rehearsed rhetoric is shockingly persuasive, and since the majority of his premises are verifiable, any weakness in his argument lies in inferences so terrifying that reas...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    A grueling peek at a doomsday prophet's rigorous mind but in a sly way also a compassionate look at the strain Ruppert endures from knowing he has only ever been right.

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