A surge of summer movies reflect our environmental anxieties
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SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW
There’s more to a monster than its roar. Film buffs have found serious themes in movie terrors, from Invasion of the Body Snatchers, in which conformity spooked audiences primed by McCarthyism, to Dawn of the Dead, in which mall zombies came to eat consumerism. Godzilla is no exception: in the 1954 version of the story, the weight borne by the monster’s scary shoulders was atomic–the fallout from Japan’s horrific experience of nuclear weapons. This summer’s take on the story continues that tradition, but the misdeeds that rouse the beast from slumber now aren’t so much what humans do to one another but what they do to the earth–and how the planet might get revenge.