Oh 2016, haven’t you been a tricky one… You’ve taken away stars, broken loyalties, and may soon give us a President no one has ever fathomed to see in the political Olympus. The list goes on.
It hasn’t been easy and hasn’t often been fun, but survivors of this year, fear not! Seek refuge with survivors of the apocalypse in fiction, and soothe your ailments with 5 films that may just about get you through the end of the world.
No stranger to topical themes, Pixar graces the world with its environmental, and possibly spiritual, savior: Wall-E. In 2805 as the world is abandoned and buried in garbage, a bite-sized robot finds a healthy seed and a friend in the suave and silky EVE.
As the pair live their own reality among the desolate wasteland left by the human race, they embody friendship and hope in an incredibly moving way – without needing to resort to the one-liner dialogues. Wall-E is entertaining and uplifting, providing perfect solace for when you feel that the end is in sight.
Currently cooking up a tasty follow-up to Trainspotting, way back when in 2007, Danny Boyle directed Alex Garland’s script in a blistering sci-fi epic as eight men and women face the end of the world.
Cillian Murphy stars as Robert Capa, one of the explorers on the space mission to the sun in 2057 as it all starts to heat up. The team that coughed up 28 Days Later triumphs in the all-consuming epic – dystopian and terribly troubling, Sunshine is sure to stay with you for some time. Prepare to take a couple of days to adjust back to the real world.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Writer of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist Lorene Scafaria marks her directorial debut with Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, providing a more optimistic journey for its characters as an asteroid makes its way towards the Earth.
Where some disaster films focus on the collateral physical damage of the apocalypse, Seeking maps out an emotional ride which the audience cannot help but go along with. With incredibly sweet and charming performances from Keira Knightley and Steve Carrell, it is one to watch when you might prefer the end of the world to last a little bit longer.
Mad Max: Fury Road
It took the world by storm in the 80s and left no one indifferent in 2015 as well – George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road is a force to be reckoned with. Set in the same post-apocalyptic universe as its three ancestors, Fury Road pits Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron against the wrath of Immortan Joe.
Every element of the film is absolutely blistering and all-consuming from start to finish. Feast your eyes and wake up your spirits with a visually sensational picture with some of the best acting and incredible directing in recent Hollywood history.
Although not the conventional dystopian catastrophe film, Fight Club draws a scarily accurate and disturbing portrait of what our society could become very soon.
Focusing on one level on the mental disintegration of the narrator (Edward Norton) as he discovers a new life with Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), the story goes another level deeper as it crafts the intricacies of Project Mayhem. The initiative breaks down the shackles of a consumerist society with the desire of building a new one, and the film toys with the psychology of life in society and self-preservation too.
Originally published on Konbini