It’s the end of the world as we know it, and these are the movies you should watch! From comedies to thrillers, we’ve got you covered.
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The Day After Tomorrow
The Day After Tomorrow is a flashpoint movie for the climate change discussion. It’s a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster with big names starring in it, and it’s all about the effects of climate change. The movie was released in 2004, before climate change was really on the public radar, and it’s credited with helping to raise awareness of the issue.
With the world supposedly ending in 2012, there has been a lot of speculation about what movies to watch in the weeks and months leading up to the end of days. Here are a few films that might be worth checking out:
“2012” – This disaster flick starring John Cusack depicts an apocalyptic scenario in which the world is coming to an end.
“The Day After Tomorrow” – Another disaster movie, this one starring Jake Gyllenhaal. In it, the world is plunged into a new ice age.
“Deep Impact” – A meteor is headed for Earth, and it’s up to a team of scientists to try and stop it. Stars Tea Leoni and Morgan Freeman.
“Armageddon” – A group of astronauts head into space to try and stop an asteroid from colliding with Earth. Stars Bruce Willis and Liv Tyler.
The World’s End
The World’s End is a 2013 British science fiction comedy film directed by Edgar Wright, written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan and Rosamund Pike. It is the third and final installment in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy following Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007).
The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 1951 American science fiction film directed by Robert Wise and starring Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, and Sam Jaffe. The screenplay by Edmund H. North is based on the 1940 science fiction short story “Farewell to the Master” by Harry Bates. It tells the story of an alien humanoid who arrives in New York City to deliver a message of peace to humanity, but is misinterpreted as a threat and was Forced to take drastic measures.
The film’s conceptual design is credited to Walter John Lepley, with art direction by Richard M. Powers and set decoration by John J. Meehan. The film’s musical score was composed by Bernard Herrmann and features one of his most recognizable and well-known compositions: “Goliath’s Theme”, which has been reused in many subsequent films over the years.
The Road is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic drama film directed by John Hillcoat and written by Joe Penhall, based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy. Viggo Mortensen stars as the father of a young boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who tries to protect him while they travel on a dangerous road through what remains of America after an unspecified cataclysm has destroyed most of civilization.
The film also stars Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Robert Duvall, Molly Parker, Michael K. Williams and Garret Dillahunt. It was independently produced by Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz. The film was distributed by Dimension Films and released on November 25, 2009.
The Book of Eli
The Book of Eli is a 2010 American post-apocalyptic neo-western action film directed by The Hughes Brothers, written by Gary Whitta, and starring Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, and Gary Oldman.
The Last Man on Earth
The Last Man on Earth is a 1964 American science fiction horror film directed by Sidney Salkow and starring Vincent Price as the titular character. The screenplay, based on the 1954 novel I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, was written by William F. Leicester and Robert Dillon.
Price plays Robert Morgan, a scientist who is apparently the only human survivor of a global pandemic that has turned most of humanity into bloodthirsty nocturnal zombies referred to as “the ones who walk”. To combat his loneliness and isolation, Morgan converts his home into a fortress and kills any zombie that attacks him during the day while he actively searches for any remaining members of the human race at night. Price’s performance as Morgan is widely considered to be one of his finest roles.
The Road Warrior
The Road Warrior is set in a post-apocalyptic future where a lone warrior (played by Mel Gibson) must fight for survival against rival gangs. The story is simple but the action is non-stop, making it one of the most exciting post-apocalyptic movies out there.
The Postman is a 1997 American post-apocalyptic action-adventure film that was directed by Kevin Costner, who also starred in the film as the titular character. The plot of The Postman was inspired by the 1980s science fiction miniseries, The Survivalist. The film depicts a nomadic group of survivors in Oregon who were living in the aftermath of a nuclear war which destroyed most of human civilization. One day, a man travelling through the area finds a United States Postal Service (USPS) uniform and decides to use it to trick the survivors into believing that the USPS has been restored. However, as he starts to gain their trust, he begins to realize that he may have to take on the responsibility of being their leader.
I Am Legend
Will Smith stars in this gripping tale of one man’s battle against a world of vampires. I Am Legend is a post-apocalyptic thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.