The New York Times has a great article detailing the upcoming rise and use of environmental villains in Hollywood films. Not since Steven Seagal put the smack-down on an evil polluter in “Fire Down Below”or Julia Roberts cleaned up Hinkley, CA in “Erin Brockovich”,Â has the box-office seen such a slew of environmentally-focused films.
For instance, in the upcoming M. Night Shyamalan film, “The Happening”, planet Earth decides to stop depending on us to fight the natural imbalance and instead takes things into its own hands. Mexico City, watch out! From the article,
“‘The Happening’â€ will not be the only big-budget studio film to test a new kind of villainy, in which the real victim is the environment, and, whatever the plot variations, the enemy is all of us. Beginning this summer and for months after, movies as diverse as the â€œThe Simpsons Movie,â€ â€œTransformers,â€ a remake of â€œCreature From the Black Lagoon,â€ and James Cameronâ€™s â€œAvatarâ€ will take on environmental themes.”
The author credits ‘Al Gore and Co.’ for bringing such issues into the spotlight; adding that it’s only natural for films to follow present-day villains and themes.Â Even the wildly criticized “The Day After Tomorrow” can be credited with turning public attention towards climate change; no matter how “Hollywood” the film presented itself. Will these films be a hindrance or a helping hand to the issues? Grab that organic popcorn and get ready to summer. “An Inconvenient Truth” was only the beginning.