Why are we so preoccupied with a doomed future in movies? Take “The Hunger Games,” for example (which opened Friday).
In the film, based on the book by Suzanne Collins, kids are picked at random and forced to hunt down and kill their opponents, all broadcast on live television. It’s kind of like “Survivor,” only you get voted off in a very different way.
But the unthinkable things we predict will happen in our future don’t stop there. According to the movies, these things will all happen:“The Road,” “Soylent Green,”
There are lots of other futuristic movies that predict other horrible things for us. But “The Hunger Games” got me thinking about all of it.
Do we make these movies because we think humankind is doomed?
Maybe, instead, we want to teach ourselves to appreciate what we have now – freedom, free thought, and the ability to buy fresh produce.
Why don’t we make movies that show a nice, happy, sunny future? One with total bliss, where disease no longer exists, and peace and harmony prevail?
But that won’t sell tickets at the box office. No, we’d rather watch civilization go down in flames.
I’m as guilty as the next person. But perhaps watching these movies somehow comforts us, knowing mankind couldn’t possibly suffer the same horrible, unthinkable fate.
Even if it does, it’ll only happen in the future.