We think we’ve got problems.
Here are five post-apocalyptic situations which *might* just be worse…
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.
Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) seriously fucks off her boss when she flees the Citadel in her massive rig, in search of her own homeland. Rescuing his concubine The Fives Wives on the way (one of whom is heavily pregnant), Furiosa teams up with a young drifter named Max (Tom Hardy) and ‘bloodbag’ Nux (Nicholas Hoult) to take on her numerous enemies as they chase her down.
If you haven’t experienced this yet then I can’t think why, it’s a treat for the eyes, the ears and the mind. Plus Furiosa is one of the greatest feminist characters of all time.
Take Shelter (2011)
Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.
God I love this movie. The is-he-isn’t-he crazy element – the is he protecting his family from unimaginable incoming horror or from his own mental issues conundrum – it’s beautifully crafted stuff and in the hands of Surprise Shannon it’s a masterpiece.
As Curtis LaForche, a husband and father, he’s haunted by apocalyptic dreams and hallucinations, and channels all his anxiety into building a shelter in his back yard. Predictably, this obsession starts to chip away at his relationships with his family, friends and employer – and the small town in which they live.
Is he wrong though?
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
The most famous post-apocalyptic film of all time? Surely it needs no introduction. It is of course pure perfection with a delicious blend of wish-fulfillment – empty shopping mall? Hello! – and end of the world realness. George A. Romero‘s ode to consumerism still packs the same punch over 40 years later and I love it.
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.
Wowee this is a tense one. Following a nasty accident she barely has any recollection of, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) wakes up in a basement, chained to a pipe. Her leg’s in a brace and she’s on a bed with her belongings nearby. Howard (John Goodman) eventually appears to explains the scenario – that they’re holed up in the bunker underneath his farm – following a nuclear attack.
They’re joined by Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.), another survivor and eventually fall into an uneasy routine. But when it becomes clear not everybody is quite what they seem, Michelle wonders if what’s out there waiting for them might be better…
This is a total banger which I’ve just added to my Rewatch list and is wonderfully claustrophobic. Winstead is a dream – and the climax, well it opens up the Cloverfield universe a whole lot more and I’m still waiting for them to expand it properly… (not you The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)). Here’s hoping.
In a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed all life except for the lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, a new class system emerges.
Bong Joon Ho is one of my faves and this is a very interesting global warming disaster movie. When an attempt to stop global warming, via climate engineering fails spectacularly, an ice age fucks up most of the world. The remnants of humanity find themselves living permanently on a train called Snowpiercer. Run by a reclusive magnate called Wilford, the trains passengers end up segregated by class, with the elite taking the most luxurious front cars.
But the horrendous treatment of the lower classes can’t go on forever and what passes the time better than a cheeky revolt? Step in a band of revolutionaries lead by Curtis (Chris Evans) determined to get to the front of the train and over throw Wilford. It’s an epic adventure and no mistake.