Friday, December 21, 2012
Grab the popcorn: 10 movies for the end of the world
Watch these, if you still have electricity.
The Road -- Based on Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, this film offers a very serious -- and often very depressing -- look at the post-apocalyptic fight for survival for a father and his son.
WALL-E -- Who knew an animated story about a robot alone on an Earth abandoned by humanity could bring us to tears? Wall-E stands as both one of Pixar's better films and as a rare family movie that has many layers of message.
The Book of Eli -- How much will it cost to charge your iPod after society collapses? The Book of Eli offers one man's relatively action-packed journey to protect one very important book in a very dangerous future.
2012 -- It may not be the greatest of disaster movies, but what better time to watch a movie about the world ending in 2012 than in, you know, 2012?
I Am Legend -- It didn't surpass the novel it was based on, but Will Smith is still impressive as a solitary disaster survivor in I Am Legend. Alternatively, you can check out another film based on the same book: The Omega Man.
The Day After Tomorrow -- You'll get more enjoyment out of the special effects in The Day After Tomorrow than you will from plot or characters, and don't assume to actually learn anything about climate change threats. Still, a frozen New York is something to see.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- You saw Martin Freeman as Bilbo in The Hobbit, so now go back and see him as Arthur Dent. While it may not be the greatest adaptation of Douglas Adams' classic, it provides one of the more humorous post-Earth journeys.
9 -- All hope may be lost for humanity after the world ends, but that doesn't mean other, more mechanical things can't find find a way to thrive. 9 is one of the more visually imaginative end-of-the-world films out there.
12 Monkeys -- Most of the movie may technically take place before the world ends, but it does deal with an effort to prevent a world-ending virus from killing us all in the oh-so-distant future of the 1990s.
Mad Max -- The three Mad Max movies have remained memorable in their action-heavy, future Western-style take on the post-apocalypse. Assuming the world doesn't end on December 21, a fourth film starring Tom Hardy should be on its way in 2013.