Over the last decade it seems like all that we have heard from environmental experts is that the world is going to drown from our own incompetence. Years of spraying too much hair spray, driving short distances, and too much cow poo has ruined the lives of our ancestors. Of course, cinema has always looked to document our struggles and there is nothing more concerning than global warming. So here are 5 global warming movies that show us the worst case scenario.
"The Day After Tomorrow"
Roland Emmerich's "The Day After Tomorrow" is quite a bombastic account of the catastrophic effects of global warming with a series of extreme weather events destroying the world to the extent that terrorists can only dream of. Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Emmy Rossum are the stars who have to keep themselves warm or die inside a sturdy walled library. Somehow, a cloud makes Hans Gruber look like a little school girl.
Kevin Costner's career never really recovered after "Waterworld's" dismal showing at the box office. But this post-apocalyptic sci-fi flick isn't actually as bad as critics might have you believe. Dennis Hopper is at his blood curdling best and you even get to watch Costner's character drink his own pee. What more could you want!?
"An Inconvenient Truth"
Al Gore might have had his presidency taken away from him illegally, allegedly, but ever since losing out to George Dubya he has taken it upon himself to teach the world about global warming, being awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. He would probably would have preferred to be in the White House though.
Stephen Spielberg was always going to be criticized for trying to finish off Stanley Kubrick's movie after his death. Lovers of the elder bearded one's work are passionate in their loyalty to the "Dr. Strangelove" director and they couldn't look beyond Spielberg's loving portrayal of an orphaned robot. It didn't help that he placed all of New York under water too.
Roman Emmerich really wants the planet to know that we are on the brink of the end of the world. With a massive solar flare causing the temperature of the Earth's core to increase rapidly, President Danny Glover looks to ensure humanity's survival by building arks, taking his inspiration from the bible. Catastrophic earthquakes, tsunamis, and floods destroy most of the world and kill millions; not sure you can blame global warming for all of this though.