In the future, the world will be a dystopia. Poverty and warfare will have been abolished, and humanity is carefree and technologically advanced. It will also be permanently happy due to government-provided stimulation. Of course, all of this will come at a cost as family, culture, art, literature, science, religion will have been eliminated. At least, that’s how things are envisioned in Aldous Huxley 1932 novel A Brave New World.
Most of us at one time or another have probably read this novel — which recently was cleared of legal restrictions to be made into a major Hollywood movie. Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star, with Sir Ridley Scott directing.
DiCaprio’s character is labeled as a “savage” — someone who lives on a “natural” reservation that’s sort of off-grid and separated from the bizarre cities created by Huxley. He ventures into one — becomes a celebrity because of the way he lives — and then escapes to become a lighthouse keeper. Awesome, right? It reads better than it sounds.
I think this kind of movie gels with what DiCaprio was showing us in The 11th Hour — especially humanity’s continued march away from nature. Expect a few giant warnings on our potential future in this one.