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  • Summary: Fuel is an insightful portrait of America's addiction to oil and an uplifting testament to the immediacy of new energy solutions. Director, Josh Tickell, a young activist, shuttles us on a whirlwind journey to track the rising domination of the petrochemical industry - from Rockefeller's strategy to halt Ford's first ethanol cars to Vice President Cheney's petrochemical company sponsored energy legislation - and reveals a gamut of available solutions to "repower America" - from vertical farms that occupy skyscrapers to algae facilities that turn wastewater into fuel. Tickell and a surprising array of environmentalists, policy makers, and entertainment notables take us through America's complicated, often ignominious energy past and illuminate a hopeful, achievable future, where decentralized, sustainable living is not only possible, it's imperative. (Intention Media) Expand
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  1. It is stylistically breezy but deeply sincere, as Tickell offers a thoughtful, well-researched argument for alternative energy.
  2. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    75
    A peppy, bouncy documentary that is watchable and informative, although Tickell's celebrity name-dropping at times detracts from the serious message.
  3. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    60
    It’s a slickly enjoyable production (if unfocused and bloated), and his bullet-point tips are persuasive; but dude, there are better ways to humanize these issues than crying on camera.
  4. If you can resist the urge to run for the exit, you may leave the theater feeling a lot more hopeful than when you went in.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Miller
    30
    Those outside the bio-church aren't likely to drive--even on regular and currently cheap gasoline--to see Fuel at their local theater.
  6. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    30
    It’s not a movie. It’s a two-hour infomercial for biodiesel.
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