'Last Call at the Oasis' Movie Review

This documentary about the world’s water crisis and the bleak future that awaits us if we don’t pay attention sounds the environmental alarm

by Alison Bailes
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Photograph: ATO Pictures

After watching the eco-documentary Last Call at the Oasis I had the urge to abandon planet Earth in a spaceship like the world denizens in Wall-E. What have we done? How can we possibly rectify the damage sustained by industry and human folly?

Another in a long line of environmental cautionary tales (An Inconvenient Truth, Flow, Food, Inc. etc), Oasis written and directed by Jessica Wu looks at the finite supply of water in the world and alerts us to the condition of the water that does still exist. It provides slim hope for our future. Talking heads include the telegenic crusader Erin Brockovich who campaigns for clean drinking water in communities where the EPA has failed to help.

With an alarming pile-up of facts and statistics Last Call at the Oasis tackles the many heads of the Hydra: climate change, petro-chemicals, human excess, cow manure, bottled water, pharmaceuticals in our water. It is almost too much for one documentary. But the fact that Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) in the Midwest are part of the same problem as high-volume flushing toilets is pertinent. Unless we start caring about these causes, the effects are going to be frightening.

"Last Call at the Oasis," in theaters May 4

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