On December 24, “Don’t Look Up” premiered on Netflix, a film that has generated great expectations and has therefore become a topic of conversation on the internet.
For better or for worse, Adam McKay’s “Don’t Look Up” movie is not about the coronavirus pandemic; but it is a phenomenon on a planetary scale: a star that approaches the earth and threatens a mass extinction.
Although the film is about a comedy, it also turns out to be a satire of the United States government, which is in charge of tackling global warming and something that we have seen many times in different Hollywood movies: the danger of the earth.
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However, continuing with Millennium, if you don’t know if you should see this movie, here are 3 reasons to do so.
So far, “Don’t Look Up” turns out to be one of the films of 2021 that has one of the most striking casts: Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, and Leonardo Dicaprio, as well as other actors such as Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Cate Blanchett, Tyler Perry, Mark Rylance, Ariana Grande, and even Timothée Chalamet.
DIRECTED BY ADAM MCKAY.
“Don’t Look Up” is a film directed by Adam McKay, who in addition to standing out as a director, is also a screenwriter, producer, and even an actor. Among his productions are: “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”, “Hermanastros”, “The Other Guys”, “The big bet”, “Vice”, among others.
He has been awarded several Oscars: as best director and best adapted screenplay, and on other occasions, he was nominated.
3.- THE PLOT.
The film is a criticism of the US government, as the president at first ignores the scientists’ warning: the meteorite that endangers the Earth; But, he does everything to save the planet by realizing that this can work for political ends.
The meteorite turns out to be a metaphor for one of the great problems on the planet: global warming, a problem with which Leonardo DiCaprio is deeply committed.
“DON’T LOOK UP”: THE SCIENCE BEHIND CAN A 10KM METEORITE DESTROY EARTH?
According to NASA, about a hundred tons of interplanetary material fall on Earth every day; And, most of that material is dust that is released from comets. For its part, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) defines a category of space bodies called “Near Earth Objects” (NEO).
In the film it is mentioned that the star is about 10km; And, it is estimated that the meteorite that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago was between 10 km and 15 km wide.
NASA stated that “no known asteroids present a significant risk of impact with Earth for the next 100 years”; however, the highest risk is presented by an asteroid called 2009 FD, which in 2185 will have less than 0.2% chance of impacting the planet.