Brian Cox breaks down the science behind ‘Don’t Look Up’
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Brian Cox breaks down the science behind ‘Don’t Look Up’

Netflix’s latest disaster comedy Don’t Look Up, directed by Adam McKay, has become a fan favourite ever since its release last week. The film is an allegorical take on climate change where McKay uses his usual structure of satirical dark comedy to poke fun at such a grave issue. 

With Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Timothee Chalamet, Tyler Perry, Mark Rylance, Cate Blanchett, Ariana Grande, Rob Morgan and more headlining the star-studded ensemble cast in the film, the film acts as a biting expose of the priorities of the sociopolitical landscape of the world in the wake of inevitable doom where even a potentially cataclysmic event is commercialised. 

In a recent video released by Netflix, acclaimed physics professor Brian Cox breaks down the premise of the film and tests the accuracy of the claims. 

From talking about the possibility of asteroids and comets clashing with the surface of the earth to talking about the priorities of the world where professional footballers are paid more handsomely than the budget allotted by the United States to delve into research and defence programmes, the professor does not hold back. 

He also talks about how time-consuming it would be to build a spacecraft that could sustain the damages and actually carry out the mid-credits scene of carrying people to another paradise-like planet.  

Cox also talks about the components of an asteroid and debates whether an asteroid can indeed be seen as a lucrative opportunity for commercialisation and capital benefits, as rigid by Streep’s President Orlean in the film. 

All in all, Cox’s commentary serves as a wake-up call and makes the film appear even more hilariously grim!

Take a look at the video below: