The United States and Earth: “Look Not Up”, “Armageddon”, “World War Z”

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It has now been nearly a decade since academics, observers, and policy makers began to discuss the state of American leadership in the world. This is probably the most fruitful discussion in international relations in recent years. There is now literature on the relative decline of the United States and the international order. Interestingly, sometimes movies and TV series contribute to this discussion as well. One of Netflix’s latest productions, “Don’t Look Up”, will be a huge asset to researchers working in this field. The subject of the film is not unknown to viewers. A comet is about to crash into Earth at high speed, which signifies an extinction level event for human life. Yes the world is in danger and yes scientists have discovered this threat. Now they expect the US president to act to get rid of this major threat. However, the American president is less interested in this scientific discovery than in her own political career, the candidate for the Supreme Court and the midterm elections. Although the president’s political affiliation and party are not specified, one can sense a highly polarized political arena. This deep division is also reflected in society. Despite scientific evidence that the comet is approaching Earth, the issue is becoming a source of polarization in American society. There are those who deny the comet, just like those who initially denied the presence of the COVID-19 virus. There are conspiracy theories regarding the origins of the comet, as are conspiracy theories regarding the source of the outbreak. The US president is only beginning to pay more attention to the approaching comet following a White House scandal and looming elections. She tries to create a rally around the flag effect and declares war on the comet. This time, however, a businessman / inventor convinces her to profit not only politically but also economically from the approach of the comet. There is no question of establishing cooperation with other nations. It is a world in which the United States acts unilaterally both in deciding to destroy the comet with nuclear weapons and in deciding to abandon the mission.

As I mentioned above, some of the film’s issues remind viewers of the debates between former US President Donald Trump and Dr.Anthony Fauci, the President’s Chief Medical Advisor, and other scientists over the course of of the early days of the COVID-19 crisis. It is a representation of the US government in action during a global crisis. It is a divided country with significant fault lines, even in the midst of an existential threat. The media and social networks did not appear to play a constructive role during this debacle. Of course, in the end, the Earth is not saved. It’s the end of the world.

‘Armageddon’

The film reminds viewers of the previous disaster and the doomsday movies produced by Hollywood. Over two decades ago, another film, “Armageddon”, offered another potential scenario in the event of an oncoming comet. Much like “Don’t Look Up” in “Armageddon,” Earth faces an existential threat from an approaching comet. There are only a few days left and something must be done. The US President in this film trusts science and scientists and has given scientists the opportunity to take action against the comet. He shares information with other leaders and asks for some support from other countries. It is a world in which the United States is a benevolent superpower that could show strong leadership and could take initiatives against a threat. There is a collective work of people from different backgrounds. Those who specialize in drilling work in tandem with NASA’s brightest minds. As the United States has shown leadership in saving the world, the film’s hero Bruce Willis has shown courage and sacrifice so that others can live. And as expected, thanks to the courage of the heroes, global cooperation, and American leadership, the comet was destroyed and Earth was saved.

“World War Z”

This isn’t the first time in an apocalypse movie that the President of the United States has literally disappeared. Before that, in another movie, “World War Z”, instead of the US government or politicians, scientists from the World Health Organization (WHO) save the world. In this film, the threat was too great for the US government to handle, but in “Don’t Look Up” there is the willful ignorance of the US government to face the science and understand the extent of the threat. the threat. It is ironical. that the film was released as COVID-19 cases increased around the world. The United States has been the epicenter of the crisis for almost two years now. And most of the comet and polarization denials sound like the United States amid divisions over mask wear, vaccines and COVID-19 restrictions. The film may be a parody, but the United States has gone through one of the most tragic times in its history due to the ignorance of some of its makers and the denial of part of American society.

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