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  • Summary: After assessing today's dwindling oil reserves and skyrocketing use of oil for fuels, plastics and chemicals, this documentary questions the motives for the U.S. wars in the Middle-East and Central Asia where 3/4 of the world's oil and natural gas is located. (Free-Will Productions)
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  1. 60
    The interviews are carefully augmented with speeches by President Bush and other administration officials, plus footage from Iraq and Afghanistan, and powerful graphics detailing the depletion of the global oil supply.
  2. 60
    Ungerman and Brohy spread themselves a little thin across the map of U.S. intrigue, abruptly losing sight of Iraq while retreading familiar ground about early American backing of the Taliban.
  3. Most of this is old news. And the filmmakers never make a coherent case, at least not to the layperson. As a result, the film, which runs about 90 minutes, seems painfully long.
  4. 20
    Directors Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy don't provide much analysis, instead telling the familiar stories of the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
  5. 10
    Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror gives muckraking journalism a bad name. Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy's DV assemblage of talking heads and footage shot in Iraq after the cessation of primary hostilities is low-rent Michael Moore, a poorly argued piece of agitprop.
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  1. JasonH.
    Aug 30, 2005
    10
    It brings the truth about Bush's War to our attention. Many still believe Iraq attacked us on 9-11. The truth needs to be brought forth It brings the truth about Bush's War to our attention. Many still believe Iraq attacked us on 9-11. The truth needs to be brought forth no matter what the means. I give the producers credit for having the courage to speak the truth in this time of censure and fear of the Bush Administration. Some may already know the facts, but some may be enlightened. Collapse

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