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MOVIE REVIEW OF ...
Escape From Suburbia
Beyond the American Dream

Documentary; Released: 2007

This Escape From Suburbia review written by Mark Jeantheau, Grinning Planet.

DVD cover for Escape From Suburbia - Beyond the American Dream This sequel to The End of Suburbia extends the reach of the first film. Escape From Suburbia spends a bit of time updating us on the general issue of Peak Oil and explaining its potential to impact our way of life, but the film focuses more on actions real people have taken in their own lives to prepare themselves and their communities. It emphasizes the questions that each of us should be asking ourselves: "When the poop hits the propeller, will I be able to weather the storm in my current locale, in my current house, doing what I'm doing now? If not, what do I do about it?"

For those who are already actively following the unfolding Peak Oil saga on the real-world stage and are engaged in some level of "mitigation activities," Escape From Suburbia will not yield any particular revelations. But it will give comfort as it explores the fact that there are lots of other people out there thinking about this stuff and trying to do something about it.

For those still at the beginning of the Peak Oil learning curve, it might be better to start with The End of Suburbia, which provides an excellent punch in the stomach for anyone inclined to think that "things are just fine." Still, Escape From Suburbia has enough on the background story that newbies will certainly "get it."

Overall, Escape From Suburbia accomplishes its mission of showing that there ARE things we can do, that it's not hopeless—even if the challenge seems overwhelming as we start down the road to solutions.

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