The ecology has been disturbed undoubtedly and it is no longer a theory; it is a fact that all of us know but are too scared to touch upon. As scientists press on the need of taking corrective measures to save the earth, it takes a deep understanding and skill to make common people like you and us understand this phenomenon. This is where tools like art, cinema, and entertainment come in. And geniuses have been at it.
Here is a list of top 11 environmental awakening movies you must watch to realize how far wrong we may have gone.
The 11th Hour
This movie is a must-watch if you think you know how grave the citation of the environment is. The movie features narration by Leonardo De Caprio. Stephen Hawking, Mikhail Gorbachev with many other known faces in science are featured in the movie. Scientists from more than 50 countries gather to discuss the impact on ecosystems from human activities and how it is our last chance to control the damage. The movie was released in 2007 and has a rating of 7.3 on IMDb.
Wall-E is one of the most acclaimed post-apocalyptic scenario movies. The plot of this Pixar animation reveals that humans have abandoned the earth and moved to another planet. No life form exists on the earth and it is now just a heap of trash. A tiny robot called Wall-E is given the task of cleaning the earth. The humans, on the other hand, have become so lazy on a spaceship, that they are unable to move. It’s a peep into what our reckless advance towards automation might do to us. The movie has an 8.4 rating on IMDb.
An Inconvenient Truth
The movie is mistakenly considered as an “Al Gore” movie, but the actual plot is based on the issues of global warming, which the director showcases as a slide show of Al Gore’s campaign on educating the US about global warming. It highlights how we, humans have ruined the planet and what must be done immediately to control the situation. The documentary won an Oscar and has an IMDb rating of 7.4.
This Walt Disney movie brings nostalgia to many. This emotional animated movie was released in 1942. The story revolves around a young fawn “Bambi”, his friends, family, especially the mother and a notorious hunting expedition of animals by humans. The movie has influenced the way of wildlife preservation. With a 7.3 rating on IMDb, the movie is now considered a timeless piece of art.
The Day After Tomorrow
The movie showcases the events when a superstorm hits the earth. The ever-handsome John Cusack, the protagonist, drives the movie trying to save his family from the apocalypse of sorts and even manages to survive with a chosen few as the new world begins. With enthralling cinematography, the movie has a 6.4 rating on IMDb and it was the fourth highest-grossing movie of 2004.
This is yet another marvelous creation of James Cameron. Avatar is a heart-touching animated film featuring the war for the protection of the homeland by a parallel species. With $3 billion earnings at the box office and a rating of 7.8 ratings on IMDb, the movie is a masterpiece.
The Bollywood movie features the before and after events of Bhopal Gas Tragedy (1984) in India, one of the biggest poisonous leaks like Chernobyl. 8000 people were killed and over 500,000 civilians suffered. The movie does not only focus on the tragedy but also highlights the corporate politics that overshadows the environmental ethics. The movie has a 7.2 rating on IMDb.
Julia Roberts' fight with corporations polluting the local water resources is an example of how deeply an environmental issue can be touched without the use of CGI. The movie is one of the most highly acclaimed among those who speak for the environmental cause. It is a must-watch movie with a 7.3 rating on IMDb
This classic movie is a socio-political corporate drama where a detective busts the conspiracy of the personal gain of corporations over environmental issues. The movie was released in 1974 and is considered classic with a high 8.2 IMDb rating.
This 1972 movie is a pulp fiction about the scientist who is trying to save the earth’s ecosystem in his spaceship after the earth has been destroyed. It clearly depicts how corporates, on any given day, prefer profit over saving the ecosystem. The movie has a 6.7 rating on IMDb.
Experiments were done by geologists to counter climate change backfires and the ice age hits the earth. The only survivors board a train that is rushing through the snow and ice by cutting and clearing it. This spine chilling movie is one of a kind. It’s a2013 release and has a 7.1 rating on IMDb.