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Portrait of a maverick.

Chris Smith's talking-head documentary gives a platform to Michael Ruppert, a former LAPD officer who blew the whistle on official corruption and left the force to become a campaigning journalist and thorn in the side of US conservatism. He predicted the financial meltdown of 2008, and now warns of a greater global cataclysm: overpopulation, dwindling oil reserves, ecological disaster, famine. Ruppert's enemies on the right have called him "batshit insane", though on this evidence his faults seem more to do with tone – he's rather self-righteous. Some of his analysis is way off the mark, but you don't doubt his sincerity.