Sunday, December 23, 2012

End of the World Movies

Now that we know that the Mayans were wrong and the world is not going to end / change in some drastic way, we can celebrate! What better way to celebrate than watching some movies that deal with the end of the world /Judgement day/Armageddon , what ever you want to call it. Here is a list of some of my favorites.

2012 - As I type this , 2012 is actually on television. This 2009 film starring John Cusack and Amanda Peet is one hell of a special effects movie. Now it can be filed under comedy I suppose, but its still an entertaining movie to just shut your brain off and enjoy it for what it is.

Ghostbusters - Might seem like an odd choice but the main villain of the film, Gozer is summoned to bring about the end of the world, so it counts! The cast is a perfect combination of actors , all feeding and playing off one another making this one of the best films of the 1980's if not of all time.

I Am Legend - Not so much a film about the end of the world as it is about the end of humanity. Still an entertaining tale of one mans survival in New York city after the entire human race is wiped out by a virus. Will Smith does an excellent job in the film, carrying about 3/4 of it by himself as the only human character for a majority of the movie. I would also recommend the other two films based on the book "I Am Legend", The Last Man on Earth and The Omega Man.

Armageddon / Deep Impact - These two films have similar plots and were released roughly around the same time. An asteroid / comet is heading to earth and unless its destroyed everything on the planet is dead.

Personally I prefer Armageddon since its a more of a fast paced film. Featuring a great cast including Bruce Willis , Ben Affleck and the late Michael Clarke Duncan. Michael Bay directed the movie, so you know there will be tons of action and explosions happening.

 Deep Impact focused more on the story and had less of an emphasis on action. It had a great cast including Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood and Tea Leoni. You cant really go wrong with either film.

The Day After Tomorrow- Another good special effects movie, but also with a good story. While it deals with the climate changes to the world , it also focuses on one mans journey to find his son who is trapped in the storm. It may seem like a boring plot but the action and special effects in the movie more than makes up for the basic story.

These are just my favorites , there are a ton of other movies out there with different themes. You have aliens in Mars Attacks and Independence Day, Zombies in Dawn of the Dead and The earth itself in movies like The Core. Surprising we like to make so many movies about our world ending, isn't it?

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