What the movie “In the World 2020” got right about our time

Dystopia released in 1973 imagines what the world would be like in 2022: polluted, without food, overpopulated. But is this prediction consistent with reality? | Photo: Reproduction

For the past few decades, political opportunists and fans of apocalyptic sci-fi have relied on the general rule that ten years in the future is the perfect time to predict disaster and rub the truth in other people’s faces. Anticipating calamities is like owning a bar that promises free beer tomorrow. Because math is always hard, people often forget which year you’re making the grim predictions for. Today, for example, it’s been 16 years since Al Gore said that we would have a decade to rid ourselves of our dependence on fossil fuels in order to save the planet.

Prior to this, however, the Doomsday Team used to set specific dates for their prophecies. “Planet of the Apes” (1972) is set in 1991; “Blade Runner” (1982) is set in 2019. “In the World of 2020” (1973) [apesar do título em português] expresses a dark idea of ​​the world of 2022. Did the film get it all right? Let’s analyze.

In the movie: Desperate people eat synthetic food because they are desperate.

Fact: Meatless vegan burgers are a luxury niche product eaten only by wealthy publicity and virtue journalists. After all, fake meat costs three times the price of real meat.

In the movie: Everyone sweats a lot because of global warming. The temperature never drops below 32 degrees.

Fact: Charlton Heston appears sweaty in the movie because Charlton Heston liked to appear sweaty in the movies. Driving chariots in “Ben-Hur”, building pyramids in “The Ten Commandments”, running away from monkeys in “Planet of the Apes”, etc. The man liked to sweat. Today, however, people sweat less because, unlike 1973, almost everyone has an air conditioner at home.

In the movie: Mass poverty, even in the United States, has pushed people to extremes.

Fact: Global poverty has halved since 1981. “Poor” North Americans are relatively so rich that Europeans are jealous.

In the film: Pollution is absurd and uncontrollable.

Reality: Thanks to some Nixon-era renovations, lower lead in gasoline, and behavioral changes, we see footage of the movie’s release and are mesmerized. Is it possible that the situation has improved so much? Yes it is.

In the movie: The shelves are empty because the Earth lacks food.

Reality: The shelves are empty as Joe Biden refuses to sign a paper capable of unlocking supply lines because he fears he will awaken evil forces different from the dystopia of the 1970s with Charlton Heston: The Apocalyptic March of the Vampire Zombie Armies ( The Syndicated Ones).

In the movie: A salad costs $279.

Reality: $279 is the price of a 43-inch 4K Smart Fire TV.

In the movie: 137 murders a day in New York.

Reality: No, it’s more like Chicago.

In the movie: In America, only rich decadents can take a hot shower.

Fact: Rich decadents are the only Americans who don’t take hot showers. Just as they alone are starving).

In the movie: People nurture each other and love each other.

Reality: Well, that only happens on Twitter. yuck

Kyle Smith is a member of the National Review Institute and a reviewer for the National Review.

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