Collapse is a surprisingly interesting documentary. It takes the format of an interview with investigative journalist, the late Michael C. Ruppert, editor of the newsletter From The Wilderness, a newsletter that reported on Government corruption, Peak Oil and predicted amongst other things, the 2008 economic collapse.
Michael Ruppert was a former LAPD Narcotics Detective who became disillusioned with the Police Force after discovering links between the CIA, LAPD and cocaine trafficking. To cut a long story short he started the news letter “From the Wilderness” reporting on the misdeeds of government organisations and other stories often overlooked by mainstream media. Often labeled a conspiracy theorist by the establishment, his newsletter nevertheless ended up with 22,000 subscribers at it’s height and Michael was in demand as a public speaker around the world
Filmed in a drab warehouse style setting and consisting of Michael C Ruppert answering questions while chain smoking, you would be forgiven for thinking that this will be a dull film. Quite the opposite. Michael was very passionate about the things he reported, obviously a very intelligent man and his eloquence is evident in the interview. He is able to rattle off facts and figures and dates with considerable ease, and the information he is able to provide the viewer is in turns astounding and horrifying.
The links he is able to draw between world events and the corruption of governments are quite shocking and more than a little depressing. Spending a life reporting on the rotten heart of governments must take it’s toll and he comes across as an intensely troubled man, at one point in the interview breaking down. One does wonder though at how much was truth and how much was blown out of proportion or taken out of context. The viewer would do well to remember though, the old saying “there is no smoke without fire” when forming their own opinions about the film.
Personally I am always interested in watching and reading the “other side” of the news. News reports and articles by independent journalists unfettered by the purse strings of big corporations and politicians. Michael Ruppert was that type of journalist and Collapse is well worth watching.
Sadly it all became too much for Michael and in 2014 he took his own life.