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War Of The Worlds Environmental Disaster

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Hollywood has had a history of producing apocalyptic science fiction films in which certain societies are faced with life-threatening conditions and have to look to other planets for gathering resources. Movies such as Oblivion (directed by Joseph Kozinsky) and War of the Worlds (Steven Spielberg) focus on aliens who arrive on Earth, looking to wipe out humankind in hopes of obtaining the planet’s food and water to sustain their own population. They are seen to be evil and greedy creatures who care for no other species except for themselves. However, despite their attempts to take over Earth, these resource-hungry aliens eventually retreat back to their own worlds with empty hands after being driven off by humans and their determination to…show more content…
He is a former NASA test pilot who was forced to become a farmer, only able to harvest corn due to crop blight and unfavorable weather conditions that consisted of dry soil and constant dust. This dust bowl has become a major environmental disaster, not only halting technology but also causing the air to become polluted with dust. In one specific scene we see Joe Cooper and his family scramble to put on their masks and goggles to avoid a wave of dust that hits their house shortly after. We find out that this emergency routine occurs quite frequently, and that the dust is slowly breaking down the children’s lungs and causing them to become prone to certain diseases such as bronchitis. Regardless of whether this disaster was caused by nature itself or through humanity’s own hands, the Earth has become an unsuitable environment to live in and we see the beginning of a tension-filled relationship between humans and…show more content…
After securely locking the window, he discovers the dust had formed into an unusual pattern, similar to a binary code for the geographical location of a certain place. Upon reaching the coordinates, Cooper and Murphy stumble upon a NASA facility hidden from the public and find out later that it is run by his former teacher, Professor Brand (Michael Caine), and the professor’s daughter Amelia (Anne Hathaway). The professor explains to Joe that this entire facility is a space station meant to take off in the future to another habitable planet. However, the first mission is to find a planet, and Professor Brand asks Joe to help in piloting a spaceship to a wormhole that has opened up near Saturn, in order to travel light years to explore another galaxy. Joe questions his former professor and asks, “Shouldn’t that energy be put into saving our home planet?” Brand responds by giving Joe his own opinion on humanity’s relationship with Earth. “Earth’s atmosphere is 80 percent nitrogen. We don’t even breathe nitrogen. Blight does, and as it thrives our air gets less and less oxygen. The last people to starve will be the first people to suffocate. We’re not meant to save the world; we’re meant to leave it.” In response to the current state of the planet, we see that
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