Earth is yet again in danger this year from an alien invasion and possible human extinction. One would think after so many years of these type of movies, Earth would have tighter security around the atmosphere. Movies like The Day the Earth Stood Still, are classic examples of science fiction with a hidden message buried within it’s super science and giant alien robots. This movie of alien invasion is due to humans inability to keep Earth safe. So, what do you do when there is a threat to welfare of mankind and conservation? No, you do not call the army and blow up the problem, as you might see in the feature film coming out this December. You become an environmentalist, and do your part to help save the planet.
Many science fiction movies are all trying to do the same thing, promote people to be environmentalists. They all show something obviously wrong with society and/or the environment, and then the devastation that occurs from our inability to change our ways. Look at all the ‘sci-fi’ movies that have come out in the last couple years. I Am Legend – aside from the very obvious, hairless cancer-free so called cannibal vampires – was actually a warning humans messing with their enivornment. If you look really closely, you’ll see there was a scene where Will Smith’s character was getting gas for his car, and all the gas prices, were 6 dollars and up. Yikes. Doomsday, 28 Days Later and even Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles are all underlined with a need to protect the earth so you can live to see another day. Doomsday and 28 Days Later share this likeness with the end result in people being brutally murdered by dead versions of their formal selves. Odd how the end of the world means people eating people. Luckyily that is not the case with The Day the Earth Stood Still.
In TDTESS, Reeve’s character says: “If the Earth dies you die. If you die the Earth survives.” Quite chilling and scary as all hell. If that’s mankinds last option we’re pretty screwed. This concept of humans killing their own home has been brought up in epic earth disaster movies for years. It’s a classic case of DON’T DO THIS! Help the planet thrive humanity! In the original picture made in 1951, mankind was given a choice, stay on earth and die or go somewhere else and go on living. However 57 years ago, fans of the film were not given an answer on man’s decision. Maybe this year, we as movie goers will be given an answer. Hopefully, it results in staying on Earth and learning not to destroy it… Or becoming cannibals.