Climatic climate films: the “cli-fi” genre | Entertainment
You’ve heard of science fiction, but what about cli-fi?
Cli-fi, short for Climate Fiction, is a sci-fi subgenre that explores how humans deal with a changing climate. Cli-Fi films come in many different forms, from the real world to imaginary sets, and deal with catastrophes, dystopias and even apocalypses in their own right.
Although the term cli-fi did not gain popularity until the 2010s, films have been dealing with climate, its effects on humans, and the effects humans have on it for decades.
If you’re tired of watching the rain out the window, here are some climate movies to help you weather the weather.
This’ 90s disaster adventure follows Bill and Jo Harding, played by Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt, as they chase a series of tornadoes through the Midwest.
Jo’s father was killed in a tornado as a child, and as an adult she becomes obsessed with understanding storms better to develop improved warning systems. The tornadoes get stronger and stronger as the team of storm chasers roam Oklahoma’s “Tornado Alley”.
While the action-packed film sends viewers through several twists and turns, it does have some real-life inspiration. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration worked with producer Steven Spielberg, writers and actors during production. And Dorothy, the storm tracking instrument shown in the movie, was based on a real NOAA device named TOTO.
“The Perfect Storm”
Based on the creative non-fiction book “The Perfect Storm” by Sebastian Junger, this disaster drama film of the same name is based on the true story of Andrea Gail, a commercial fishing boat caught in the 1991 Perfect Storm. The Perfect Storm, sometimes referred to as the Halloween Storm, was an unnamed hurricane, created from the emergence of the remnants of Hurricane Grace with a northeast along the Atlantic.
The plot of the film centers on Andrea Gail’s team – portrayed in the film by George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, and John C. Reilly, among others – who were taken to sea in the ravages of the storm.
This thoughtful Christopher Nolan film was released in 2014 and portrays apocalyptic environmental fallout.
Set in the future, Earth is riddled with problems, such as crop burns, famines, and a second Dust Bowl. Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway co-star as part of a team of astronauts, who travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to find another planet suitable for human survival.
Who says cartoons can’t tackle serious topics like human environmental impacts?
Disney Pixar released this sci-fi animated play in 2008. The adorable and lonely robot WALL-E doesn’t say much, but it catches the hearts of viewers as it cleans up the abandoned wasteland that Earth has become. after centuries of uncontrolled consumption and neglectful environment.
The rubbish pile became so bad that humans evacuated Earth aboard a spaceship. When WALL-E finds a lonely plant seedling and meets the scout robot EVE, a series of events unfold as the robots attempt to bring humanity back to Earth.
“Ferngully: the last rainforest”
Years before “Wall-E,” came this environmental cartoon with Robin Williams providing voice talent. The 1992 animated film also addresses the human-environment impact – albeit in a more fantastic way.
“FernGully: The Last Rain Forest” follows a group of fairies who must fight to save their home when a logging company starts chopping down trees and frees the evil spirit Hexxus, a dark, oily being who feeds on pollution and wants to destroy nature.
“Two days later”
Released in 2004, this climate disaster drama film stars Dennis Quaid as Jack Hall, a paleoclimatologist concerned about climate change in the environment. When a series of enormous “superstorms” plunge the world into a new ice age, the United States begins a massive evacuation to the equator. Hall struggles with the volatile climate as he travels north to save his son, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, and his friends from a frozen, submerged New York City.
This 1995 post-apocalyptic film takes place in the distant future where the polar caps have completely melted. The sea level has risen dramatically – the Earth is almost completely submerged.
The plot follows the Sailor, played by Kevin Costner, and other humans as they tread the waters of survival.