Sunday, 14 October 2012

Surprise, surprise, the movies get it wrong again...

How many times have you watched a film and thought 'Yeah right, like THAT would really happen'?
Quite often frankly. Personally I can't watch any film with a plane in it without at some point saying something like 'That's in the wrong place', 'That's a flap, not an aileron' or 'There's no access to the undercarriage from the cargo bay'. And let's face it, if sex was like it is in the movies none of us would bother to leave the house. Ever.
I'm wondering if they get it wrong with something else too. Any post-apocalyptic film I can think of is a vision of the world in the aftermath of some great disaster - nuclear war, virus outbreak, global flooding etc.
What if our apocalypse was to be somewhat different?
We know what happens to people when there's even the suggestion of a strike at a petrol refinery, so how will society react when the oil finally runs out? Or when the electricity infrastructure collapses?
The majority of people (in the developed world at least) simply couldn't cope without electricity. I know we can have generators or solar panels to deal with this but how many people are capable of rigging up such a system?
But this pales into insignificance compared with the fallout from oil shortages. As individuals most people are rational creatures but as a collective they're panicky idiots. Not necessarily without cause though. No oil, no fuel, no transport, no food in the shops, no work being done because most people don't live within walking distance of work, everything collapses. Fights and killings will ensue over whatever supplies are around and before you know it it's Mad Max time. Only without the V8s.
A pretty grim picture really, and a wholly depressing subject to think about.
But of course every cloud has a silver lining, because in post-apocalyptic England at least I won't have to get up at 6:15 every weekday morning and go to work.