The Netflix movie “Don’t Look Up” has a plot that is both believable and outrageous at the same time. It’s also sinisterly funny and dark. If you are not already subscribed to the streaming service, this movie is a good reason to indulge.
The movie, which is already the second most-watched show on Netflix in less than a month, focuses on the discovery of a “planet-killer” comet heading straight for planet Earth. The comet is due to arrive in six months, and if it collides, the comet will wipe out all life on the planet.
The discovery was made by Michigan State University doctoral student in astronomy, Kate Dibeskey (played by Jennifer Lawrence) and her professor, Professor Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio). They sounded the alarm all the way to the White House, where they were met with political indifference from President Janie Orlean (Meryl Streep), who, with a tough election ahead, suggests she has bigger fish to fry.
The pair then take to the audience with a happy morning TV show hosted by Brie Evante (Cate Blanchett) and Jack Bremer (Tyler Perry), both dismissive until Debisky issues an obscenity-filled warning. [explicitly deleted] the!”
Meanwhile, the president, who initially denied the culprit’s existence, decided to admit it as a diversion tactic from a sex scandal involving a Supreme Court nominee. It announced that a multinational consortium would use nuclear weapons in an attempt to blow the comet out of the sky.
In a development that echoes the current vaccination/vaccination divide, the public is divided into “see/don’t look up” factions, which often take to the streets in violent demonstrations.
The rockets were launched, but recalled again mid-flight after eccentric tech billionaire Peter Escherwell (Mark Rylance), apparently modeled after Elon Musk, confirmed he had discovered trillions of dollars of much-needed rare elements in the comet. . His plan is to send one of his own devices to meet and smash the comet, sending the pieces to scatter, he hopes, unharmed into the Pacific Ocean.
This leads to a new political campaign, highlighted by the slogan “I am for the jobs the guilty would achieve.”
Unfortunately, this plan also fails, and as the comet continues its rendezvous with Earth to kill the planet, Isherwell gathers the elite, including the President, aboard a spacecraft, once again of his own design. The spaceship, controlled by artificial intelligence, will search the sky for the nearest habitable planet. The passengers are cryopreserved for their journey spanning thousands of years until the planet is finally found and the elite emerge naked in their new world.
Koda “Don’t Look” is split into the closing credits and I won’t say more about it so as not to provide a wing.
Back on planet Earth, the remaining inhabitants prepare for the end, which inevitably comes at the end of the world as the original astronomers and families sit down to a last meal that stopped at the end of the world.
Writer and director Adam McKay said his film is an allegory of climate change, which is years away from us, but also potentially fatal to the planet.
The metaphor of a frog dying slowly in a pot that gradually boils seems apt.
We are all frogs.
Tommy Stephenson is a retired associate editor for The Tuscaloosa News. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-292-2236.
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