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The Age of Stupid


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  • Format: NTSC
  • Studio: Mongrel Media
  • Release Date: Jan. 12 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002TRE9B8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,320 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gary Fuhrman TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 30 2010
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Many recent documentaries (some of them excellent) have alerted us to the urgency of reversing human impact on the global environment, usually ending with more or less concrete proposals of what can be (or is being) done to address the challenge. The Age of Stupid approaches the whole issue from the other end, by framing its documentary footage with the scenario that it's too late, that we've already failed to save ourselves. The question it poses to us is why we failed even though the disastrous results of our failure were clearly predictable.

As with good science fiction, the result is thought-provoking not because it presents a plausible future (although it does that), but because it opens up the question of why we do the things we do (even when they are obviously suicidal). It works by replacing some of our habitual assumptions, which are often little more than wishful thinking, with a more scientifically informed and realistic (though fictional) perspective. And the film brings this home to us by focussing on specific people: a young Nigerian woman, an Iraqi family, a French guide who has watched the Alpine glaciers melt for decades, a UK couple trying to reduce their ecological footprint, and an oil company scientist who lost everything to Hurricane Katrina. All of them are, in their different ways, trying to cope with what amounts to a massive oil spill -- more literally, with the effects of Western society's addiction to oil-fueled consumption mania.

Despite what the title may suggest, the film's answer to the question of why we failed to save ourselves is neither simple nor cynical. You have to work it out for yourself, drawing on your empathy with the very real folks who appear in the film.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Baxter on Aug. 1 2010
I agree with the other three reviews (at the time I wrote this). Its a different approach. The ordinary people in the non-fiction part of the documentaries are just telling their story in their own words. I found it spell binding, inspirational, scary and depressing by turns. These folks do not all even think about climate change or agree about its causes or what should be done about it. They each however have observed in the course of their lives things that can help us to understand where we are going and perhaps a little of why. The depressing question that it raises to me is similar to Carl Sagan's remark about the survival value of human intelligence being an unproven thing as yet or Steven Pinker's observation that evolution has imbued us with ethical impulses but he is not sure that we know how to use them: is the nature of human intelligence such that very few of our children/grandchildren will survive the next 40 years? Will those that do curse us for the stupidity of our age?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Derek Satnik on July 28 2010
This film is powerful and poignant. Presented anecdotally from the future as a series of flashbacks, it leaves a very mournful impression of what is currently happening and paints a compelling picture of the results of current trends. I would have appreciated more expert interviews, but this film instead chose to focus on using extracts from popular media up to the present, with fabricated media for future scenes: a very unique and clever approach. Very worthwhile viewing.
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