A global pandemic, wildfires, celebrity deaths, hacks, meteorite threats … and if all this weren’t enough, earthquakes. 2020 was a year with many adversities, which inevitably led many to compare it with the best films that have been made about the end of the world.
Although it is highly unlikely that the humanity will be extinguished in the next few days (or years), it never hurts to prepare. Therefore, here we present the 10 best films about the end of the world that have portrayed a hypothetical end of life as we know it.
Directed by Roland Emmerich and possessed of his explosive style, this film compensates for its conventional script and narrative structure with impressive visual effects. These, thanks to a combination of miniatures and CGI, destroyed the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal and many other monuments on screen with great realism.
Released four years before the long-awaited “end of the world” predicted by the Mayan calendar, the project garnered mixed reviews, but garnered attention due to the effective “word of mouth” that resulted from a very good viral marketing strategy.
The film was even banned in North Korea, as the year the footage referred to was the 100th anniversary of the nation’s founder Kim Il-Sung, and portraying the season in a negative way was seen as an offense.
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Considered by many to be one of the best action films of recent years, this crazy but extraordinary film conceived by George Miller received unanimous praise from both critics and audiences.
Although her special effects are impressive, her performances (including that of Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa), script and dizzying direction are what truly make her stand out from the rest.
Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, this film that takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland ravaged by war and lack of resources is a very good example of what can be achieved with a clear vision.
Currently, a spin-off that will focus on a young Furiosa.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Undoubtedly the most outstanding work in the filmography of George A. Romero and one of the best films about the end of the world, this film laid the foundations of the zombie genre as we know it today. While it is true that the figure of the undead already existed, it was this film that helped introduce the monsters to a wider audience.
Made with a budget of $ 114,000 and based on the novel of the same name written by Richard Matheson released in 1954, The night of the Living Dead is a cult classic that even inspired a remake commanded by Tom Savini in 1990.
I am Legend (2007)
It is the turn of one of the direct adaptations to Matheson’s own novel. Previously, the history of the pages had already been transferred to the screen with Vincent Price in 1964 and Charlton Heston in 1971. In the 21st century, the people in charge of presenting it were the director Francis Lawrence and Will Smith.
In the film, we meet Dr. Robert Neville, who struggles to find a cure for a virus that, although created to cure cancer, has wiped out most of humanity, turning people into mutant creatures that attack in the world. evening.
Children of Man (2006)
Set in the year 2027, Alfonso Cuarón’s project takes us to a planet Earth that has been in a global infertility crisis for 18 years. However, suddenly a hope arises, and it’s the job of Theo Faron (Clive Owen) to safeguard it.
Based on the 1992 PD James novel, the film earned the Mexican filmmaker multiple Oscar and BAFTA nominations.
With mind-blowing cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki (employing jaw-dropping sequence shots) and extremely well-choreographed action scenes, this film is not only highly entertaining, but it leaves you with a lot to think about.
A place in silence (2018)
John Krasinski (best known for his humorous roles) surprised the world with his directorial debut, which also belongs to the horror genre. In it, a family must survive the horrors that an alien race brings to earth. These creatures cannot see, but they have a highly developed sense of hearing, and at the slightest hint of noise they attack viciously. Because of this, they must lead a life in which they cannot communicate vocally.
Possessing moments of enormous tension (one of the most memorable involves a nail) and only an hour and a half long, the film has to be experienced in a place where there is little exposure to external noise.
In addition to directing it, Krasinski also stars in the film, and is accompanied by Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, and newcomer Millicent Simmonds. The cast performances are quite good and each scene is designed to keep the audience on the edge of the seat (or couch).
A second part was released in theaters in September last year.
10 Cloverfield Avenue (2016)
Set almost entirely in a house and bunker, this Dan Tratchenberg-directed film uses its minimal resources to create a thriller quite effective, with great performances from actors John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
After a car accident, Michelle awakens captive in Howard’s house, who assures her that he has saved her from a chemical disaster that has occurred outside of her and that it has the capacity to be deadly.
With a libretto by Damien Chazelle, the footage belongs to the anthological saga of Cloverfield which is also produced by JJ Abrams.
Pontypool: Ghoulish Frequency (2008)
Although it is not as well known as some of the best films about the end of the world, this Canadian film deserves to be included in the conversation. Directed by Bruce McDonald, it represents a twist for the zombie genre, as it takes place in a single location: a radio booth.
Two main factors contribute to its innovative narrative, and these are the performances of the cast and the resource used to explain the spread of the virus: a few words in the English language.
Pontypool: Ghoulish Frequency It is an excellent allegory about the power of the media, the spread of mass panic, and the lack of face-to-face communication that society presents today.
Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin star in this apocalyptic comedy that centers on a group of survivors residing in the United States of “Zombieland.”
Wichita, Tallahassee, Little Rock and Columbus embark on a journey to find a sanctuary somewhere in desolate country that is full of threats but still manages to get a lot of laughs along the way.
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Deadpool) were in charge of writing this great film that was also directed by Ruben Fleischer (Venom).
It should also be mentioned that after seeing it, it will be impossible to see actor Bill Murray in the same way.
Before Parasites, Bong Joon-ho had already presented a critique of the disparities that exist between different social classes. His way of doing it? With an adaptation of the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige.
In this project, a cast consisting of Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt and Ed Harris live on a train that protects them from the disaster caused by an attempt to stop global warming.
Said train has carriages that belong to the upper and lower classes, until the character of Evans, belonging to the working class who resides in transport, decides to start a revolution with the aim of reaching the front where the opulence is.
What’s more, Snowpiercer was adapted to a series that can be seen on the platform of streaming from Netflix.
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