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7 sci-fi movies with plausible eco-themes

Nov. 2, 2011, 9:18 a.m.
Planet of Pandora in Avatar

Photo: Floating mountains on Pandora, from "Avatar." (ZUMA Press)

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It could happen

Science fiction is a flexible genre when it comes to building a story line, and many writers and filmmakers over the years have used it to craft stories with environmental themes, some by setting their stories in overly polluted dystopian worlds, others imagining a world in which humans have engineered themselves into one form of trouble or another.

Whatever the angle, it's always fun to see the environment play a part in a good sci-fi flick. I've scoured my personal movie collection, Netflix and IMDb to pull together a list of seven great movies with environmental themes that are definitely fiction, but they seem plausible. (Text: Shea Gunther)