Apparently unlike many folks in Cincinnati, I just got back from the World Premier of the Age of Stupid.  I say this because there were, maybe, 30 people in the entire theater.  That kind of disappoints me, but the object here is to review the film and not my fellow citizens.  All I will say is, you missed out on a thought-provoking, bone-chilling film.

I don’t have too much to say about the film itself, but, for the sake of being consistent with my blog, I’m going to put down a few notes.

The Age of Stupid has been referred to as An Inconvenient Truth with a personality.  That’s probably a fair assessment.  The film begins in the dark and terrible world of 2055.  It is a future to which we are all presently headed.  An older man looks back on digital archives of the people of fifty years ago.  His consequent narration follows the lives of several people around the present-day world–a British family vacationing in the Alps and striving for clean energy, a young Nigerian woman who dreams of becoming a doctor, and an Indian airline entrepreneur.  There isn’t really any plot, because their stories are being pieced together fifty years in the future, but their lives and aspirations show our interconnectedness.

And each of their scenarios was just so true.  I mentioned Nigeria in an earlier entry–the government apparently had the film banned due to the negative way those in power were portrayed.  All the film portrayed was the truth–that the oil industry is worsening the condition of those citizens who should be benefitting from it.  What, they can dish it out but they can’t take it?

And don’t even get me started on the British man who tried to get support for wind energy farm–it’s just like Cincinnati’s proposed 3C temporary railway station, which I also discussed earlier.  In both cases, the community nearby complains that it ruins their “view”. 

Well, your “view” or your “life”!

But, as the film points out, humans are not well-adapted to avoiding long-term dangers.  Our efforts are directed toward avoiding immediate ones, like an attacking bear, or people trying to destroy our lovely vantage point in the British countryside.

All of these stories are interwoven around the theme of fossil fuel, and how beholden modern society is to it.   The narrator explores this theme as it touches upon each life in 2005 with the aid of an ultra-high-tech futuristic computer system, so that one day, someone…or something…can learn from our mistakes.  We hope.

Being reasonably well-informed, none of this information was news to me.  But if there is one thing to take away from the film, it is that 2015–that’s six years from now–is the absolute deadline for beginning emission reductions.  We have less than six years to change our ways if we even want to have a chance at avoiding disaster.  Copenhagen is our best shot at coming to an agreement on how to coordinate this.

See you there!  I may live in the Age of Stupid, but I don’t want to live in the Age of Too Late…do you?