Five Non-Documentary Movies That Take on Climate Change

Despite the insistence by some, ahem, that climate change is not a real thing, the fact is that the planet is in a far different condition now than it was long ago when mankind had yet to bring any serious changes to the landscape. While the reality of climate change is often a little different than what is showcased in cinema, the attempt at showing what could possibly happen if a number of conditions were met is a stark look at a future that many people likely don’t want to think about.

Here are five non documentary movies that take on climate change


There’s no clever way of hiding the fact of what happens in the beginning of this movie, nor the change that it eventually brings to the world. While it might over-dramatize the effect of the polar ice caps melting just a tiny bit, the effect is that humanity is forced to find a way to survive on a surface that they’ve never been forced to adapt to. It’s worth noting that in a world covered by water, the most valuable commodity, and the most rare, has become the same thing that people in this day and age place very little value on at all, dirt.

Ice Age 2

This is a light-hearted, more easygoing take on climate change. It adds a lot of hilarity while still showing the effects of global warming that eventually creates a flood once it’s revealed that the once solid and unyielding glaciers are in fact melting. While the film is more about the gimmicks and comedy that people have come to expect of the franchise, the real effect of global warming is touched upon more than once throughout the film, showing that it can be quite damaging and even catastrophic to those that are not prepared for it.


Climate engineering is the culprit and the reason for the last survivors of the human race being bound to the Snowpiercer, a swift-moving passenger train in which the last members of humanity are forced to exist in a hierarchy that places the 1% of earth’s remaining rich folk at the controls and all others assigned to cabins according to their status. While much of the film takes place on the train, the ice age that has resulted from humanity’s tampering with the climate can be seen from the window in a perfectly frozen landscape that never seems to end.


The earth has an expiration date affixed to it in most of these types of movies, and Interstellar is really no different. Despite the effort of a few brave souls to find a new home suitable for human life, the problems on earth are detailed quite well in this film and show that sooner or later humanity will be the authors of their own downfall. The trick is then to be the authors of our own redemption as well, as this film seems to point out.

The Day After Tomorrow

There’s a balance that needs to be kept in check at all times on the planet, and should it ever be disturbed, stuff is going to start happening. That seems to be at least a part of the premise of this film, as it mentions the Trans-Atlantic current and how it can create a serious climate shift if anything were to happen to disrupt it. Lo and behold those in power don’t want to believe it, and eventually the scientist that brought this to their attention is proven right at a disastrous cost. While it showcases the horrors of a swift and unexpected climate change, the film eventually goes completely Hollywood in favor of telling a story of heroism and perseverance.


Climate change is very real, and the sooner we as human beings realize this the better. How it is depicted in film seems neat and ordered despite the chaos that is shown. Somehow though, it seems that such a serious shift in climate will not be as predictable as Hollywood would like to make it.


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