Flash Movie Review: Crude

It made a cool spaceship without its razor blade. There was an old metal razor in the cabinet below the sink that I would take out and pretend it was a spaceship. I would hold out the length of my arm and fly it around the house. The best part was how the tip of the handle would turn and the top of the straight razor would open up like dock doors. This is where my spaceship hid its laser cannon. I don’t even know if they make these types of razors anymore because I use disposable plastic ones. I can remember a time when a host wanted to give you leftovers; they would be on a dinner plate covered in tin foil. Now everyone has these disposable plastic containers in every imaginable size. When I am hosting a dinner party I buy several of these to give leftovers to my guest. Most people appreciate it because let us face it, who wants to wash and take care of someone else’s dinnerware until you can give it back to them. I actually do not give the containers a single thought once I turn them over to someone else; I do not expect them back. Everything is becoming disposable these days it seems. When I accidentally stepped on the plastic lid of a storage container and cracked it, I just threw it out and bought a new one. It is a mindset I acquired from everything around me; it never occurred to me to stop and think about what was the real price paid to stock all of this plastic stuff found on store shelves. Now that I have watched this film I give it a lot of thought.    INVOLVING thousands of people and billions of dollars, this film festival winning documentary felt like a legal drama. This movie was about the lawsuit that the people of Ecuador brought against one of the largest multinational oil companies. Director Joe Berlinger (Brother’s Keeper, Under African Skies) did an incredible job of making this film interesting, informative and startling. I thought showing the opposing lawyers talking about the case was a perfect way to engage the viewer. Seeing some of the damage that had been done to the Amazon area, to the people who live there; I have to tell you I felt like I contributed to these people’s hardships by having a laissez-faire attitude towards disposable items. I think that really says something for the writers and director on the way they made this unbelievable documentary. For example they touched on human rights, politics, the environment and the loss of culture to name a few. When I was done watching this DVD I really wished I had that straight razor instead of those damn plastic disposable razors.


3 1/2 stars — DVD

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on May 22, 2015, in Documentary and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. A must watch movie

  2. The trailer was powerful. Not the stuff of fluff. It’s a film that will certainly take me to the razor’s edge. Thanks. 🙂

  3. The movie looks great! It’s important and disturbing information to get out there to the public, and what better way to educate people than by an intense film, being people rarely like to read about such things, or God forbid, take any action toward helping, unless it’s been glamorized in some way by Hollywood as the hip thing. Still, I don’t think you should beat yourself up about your leftovers in a plastic container. I do the same, like you, without mal-intent, maybe just unaware, and why is that? Because the huge and greedy corporations have brainwashed us all with the pleasantries of convenience. Ps: I love your description of the razor that you made into a spaceship. Great imagination! It took me back to my childhood. You are the first person, besides myself, that I’ve ever heard speak of the imaginary world residing in the bathroom cabinet beneath the sink. My father had the exact type of razor! I did not play with it, though I did get into trouble shaving my legs with it as a teenager. I did, however, have an imaginary world of shampoo and powder people that I would entertain myself with from under the sink. 😉

    • I love the shades of your imagination with the shampoo and powder people. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. I understand the brainwashing thing, so thank you for reminding me about it. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and leave your comments, thank you so much.

  4. Wow, I wish this film had been shown in every theater and been required viewing for everyone is the US and abroad. Will have to check out the DVD. Thanks for highlighting this film.

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