David Reid in Australia writes in: David Reid
Climate change is a hot topic, and it undeniably captures our imagination, given how often it shows up as a central plot point in films. From Waterworld to the charming animated feature Ice Age, it just keeps coming back.Climate fiction, or cli-fi, is a growing genre of films where changing climate drives the plot. The visual dramatics can be a rapid resurfacing of the planet in ice, resetting us to a high-contrast Holocene. Or it might be drying out in a desiccated desert dystopia. It can even be something halfway realistic. Sometimes the change is the key plot throwing our heroes into upheaval, while other times it’s an established background element creating an unsetting alien-yet-familiar take on our current world.
Good, bad, original, blatant rip-offs, serious films and mockeries, these are 8 movies that help define the cli-fi genre. Well, sort of, says io9.com's movie critic, Ms McKinnon.
Good, bad, original, blatant rip-offs, serious films and mockeries, these are eight movies that help define the cli-fi genre.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
The Day After Tomorrow
What cli-fi classics did we miss? Jump into the comments with your favorite examples of fantastic must-watches or the delightfully horrid films you can’t stop hate-watching.
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