The 2005 movie “Idiocracy,” staring Luke Wilson, is a hilarious film about the direction our society is headed. The movie begins with a narration explaining how the human evolution is at a crucial turning point in the 21st century. It goes on to say that with modern technology there’s no way for natural selection to take effect and thin out the herd of weaker and unintelligent people. It shows that the more intelligent people plan out pregnancy and decide when the proper time to have children. In contrast, the less intelligent people have many children, and they show no concern about having numerous children. This creates an effect of breeding out the more intelligent with the lesser intelligent people. This would create a very scary world to live in because the intelligent people would no longer exist.
The movie starts with the narrator explaining what is currently going wrong with our society and if it continues this is where it is heading. The narrator states, “As the 21st century began, human evolution was at a turning point. Natural selection is the process by which the strongest, the smartest and the fastest and reproduced in greater numbers than the rest. It is also a process, which had once favored the noblest traits of man, but now began to favor different traits. Most science fiction of the day predicted a future that was more civilized and more intelligent. But as time went on, things seemed to be heading in the opposite direction: a dumbing down effect. How did this happen? Evolution does not necessarily reward intelligence. With no natural predators to thin the herd, it began to simply reward those who reproduced the most, and left the intelligent to become an endangered species.”
Luke Wilson plays an Army solider named Joe, who is told that he has to take part in a military experiment. The reason why they want Joe for the experiment is because he is the most average person in the entire military. The name Joe even shows how average he is for example “The Average Joe”. The purpose of the military experiment is to see if they can freeze a human for one year and then awaken them once the year is up. Lacking a suitable female candidate, they hire Rita, a prostitute whose pimp "Upgrayedd" has been bribed to allow her to take part. The experiment is forgotten when the officer in charge is arrested for having started his own prostitution ring under Upgrayedd's tutelage. The narrator goes to explain, “The years passed, mankind became stupider at a frightening rate. Some had high hope that the genetic engineering would correct this trend in evolution, but sadly the greatest minds and resources were focused on conquering hair loss and prolonging erections.” Five hundred years have gone by and society becomes even dumber because of this dumbing down effect.
In 2505, Joe and Rita's suspension chambers are unearthed by the collapse of a mountain-sized garbage pile, and Joe’s chamber crashes into an...